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» A Quick Exercise to Calm Your Brain - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

» A Quick Exercise to Calm Your Brain - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Sometimes we're moving so fast we miss out on what's here that can calm us down and open us up to a more resilient life. Here's a short practice to help

Via Dr. Amy Fuller
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It does not take anything complicated and, in fact, a person wants something they can remember. I use a lovingkindness meditation: may I be filled with loving kindness; may I be well; may I be at peace and at ease; may I be happy.

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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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5 Everyday Practices to Living the Good Life

5 Everyday Practices to Living the Good Life | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
  While growing up I often would ask questions about things that perplexed me and my dad often answered me with, “life doesn’t come with an instruction manual.” As a kid I would just look at him still perplexed as he would go back to reading his newspaper, as a teenager I would scowl at …

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The endless practice of being and becoming who we are is ongoing. I wonder what that means in teaching and learning?

 

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Bring the Fiery Light of Awareness With These 4 Steps. ~ Ruth Lera

Bring the Fiery Light of Awareness With These 4 Steps. ~ Ruth Lera | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Having problems might not be going anywhere for the human race anytime soon. But needing to run from them might be.
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The first step is quieting the mind and allowing the problem to reveal itself in the quietness. We can begin to lean in only after we recognize and name the problem.

 

The last few years I was a teaching I found realizing the problems at hand allowed me to deal with them differently. I shifted my attitude. After all, it is impossible to shift someone else's attitude.

 

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A Mindful Season | Mindful

A Mindful Season | Mindful | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
As the holiday season approaches, Janice Marturano asks us to consider the treasures in our lives and offers a short practice for reflecting on those treasures.

Via Jenny Ebermann
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The article is several months old, but makes a good case for being mindful and discovering/rediscovering our personal treasures. It is important for people to feel connected to their lives, work, and their relationships with people and in the world.

 

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A Meditation for Taming the Monkey Mind

A Meditation for Taming the Monkey Mind | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A Meditation for Taming the Monkey Mind. Many of us in this fast-paced world are plagued with an equally fast-paced mind.nbsp Our thoughts can become a whirlwind as we try to juggle the many events in our schedule along with the ongoing dialogue we have with ourselves.nbsp Many of us have been conditioned to use a judgmental

Via Bobby Dillard
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We live in a world of paradox rather than one of binary opposites. Mindfulness does not eliminate the deep-seated belief in the binary opposites. It provides ways of understanding the way we deal with those binaries.

 

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A New Approach to Education

A New Approach to Education | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Empathy and Academic Success
The key to compassion is being predisposed to help -- and that can be learned.
 

There is an active school movement in character education and teaching ethics. But I don't think it's enough to have children just learn about ethical virtuosity, because

 

we need to embody our ethical beliefs by acting on them. This begins with empathy.


Daniel Goleman 

Author, 'Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence'

Culture of Empathy Builder Page: 
 http://bit.ly/jc7Dam


  

Peter M. Senge 
Culture of Empathy Builder Page: 

Senior Lecturer at the MIT

http://j.mp/1nsrN4v



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The key to compassion is to be willing to help the other person and make the world a better place with one's efforts. @ivon_ehd1
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Learning in general happens best in a warm, supportive atmosphere, in which there exists a feeling of safety, of being supported and cared about, of closeness and connection. In such a space children's brains more readily reach the state of optimal cognitive efficiency -- and of caring about others.

Such an atmosphere has particular importance for those children at most risk of going off track in their lives because of early experiences of deprivation, abuse, or neglect. Studies of such high-risk kids who have ended up thriving in their lives -- who are resilient -- find that usually the one person who turned their life around was a caring adult.

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Let there be Peace on Earth & Let it Begin with Me.

Let there be Peace on Earth & Let it Begin with Me. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Whe/wWe are looking in all the wrong places. The peace we seek cannot be found outside - it's within. The mirror seeks its reflection - our true nature is infinity.

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Beginning with who we are as a person is the place to begin. The Gandhi quote: Be the change you want to see in the world is fitting here.

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What is Eid al-Fitr, and when does it take place?

What is Eid al-Fitr, and when does it take place? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

When is Eid? And what is the celebration about? Here's a guide to the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan


Muslims across the world will greet each other by saying "Eid Mubarak" today, as the month-long fast of Ramadan comes to a close.

Because the timing of Eid al-Fitr is based on the Islamic lunar calendar, it can be difficult to predict when the festival will take place.

But when the new moon appears over Saudi Arabia, the Islamic community break into colourful celebrations, throwing food festivals, performing music and spending time with friends and family.

Here's a guide to Eid al-Fitr, and how to know when it takes place.
What is Eid al-Fitr?

The arabic name Eid al-Fitr translates to 'festival of the breaking of the fast' in English.

It marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, and the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal.
What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and marks the month in which the Quran was first revealed.

Muslims spend the month fasting from dawn until sunset.
When is Eid al-Fitr observed?

The end of Ramadan is based on the Islamic lunar calendar, so it can be difficult to predict.

Eid al-Fitr is observed when the first new moon is sighted.

This can lead to the festival being celebrated on different days in different parts of the world.

While some Muslims wait to be able to see the moon themselves, many either use the calculated time of the new moon, or base it on the declaration made in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday that Eid al-Fitr would begin on July 28th - so most UK Muslims will begin their celebrations today.

How is Eid al-Fitr celebrated?

On the day of Eid, Muslims gather at mosques in the morning to perform the Eid prayer, before holding family gatherings and visiting friends.

Muslims share feasts and sweets to mark the end of the fasting period, and greet each other by saying "Eid Mubarak" - which roughly translates as "happy Eid" or "blessed Eid."

The celebrations last for three days, and are seen as a time of forgiveness and of giving thanks to Allah for helping people to complete their spiritual fasting.

Many Muslims display this thanksgiving by giving donations and food to those less fortunate than themselves.

In most Muslim countries, the three days of Eid are observed as public and school holiday. This is not the case in the UK, but many employers and schools allow time off for Muslim workers and children - particularly in areas with a high Muslim population.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/what-eid-al-fitr-your-guide-3925161#ixzz38nRoSuNl

 


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Last year, where I was living I was invited, along with others in the house, to join our Islamic friends there in celebrating Eid. It was incredible to experience what this meant to the Islamic friends who were our hosts.

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Why Mindful Individuals Make Better Decisions

Why Mindful Individuals Make Better Decisions | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Mindfulness is practiced in board rooms from Silicon Valley to Wall Street. But just how much does it improve the quality of your decision-making?


Via Bobby Dillard
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Mindfulness does not improve bottom lines unless it improves the person practicing the practice and make for a better world. Mindfulness is compassionate and is directed towards a better world. Thinking about meditation is a key component; the opposite is premeditation. What does that bring up. For example, in School we calculate what is important in advance and write curricula. That calculation is premeditated and does not require being mindful and attentive to this particular child's needs. Chogyam Trungpa suggested the practice on the mat prepares us for the real practice in life.

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Susan Bender Phelps's curator insight, July 30, 8:05 PM

This article very elegantly outlines how important being mindful can be for corporate leaders. It is just as true for civic, political and non-profit leaders.

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Let Go & Let God.

Let Go & Let God. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
At our core, we are Nature, yet traditionally we've been strangled by judgment, rules and limitation. It's time to end left-brain-domination, and surrender to
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Even in School, there is a desire to separate learning from teaching, the planned curricula from the living curricula. We begin with predetermined, pre-meditated outcomes as if they are stable and fixed. Even the language we use is about naming the place i.e. it is a site rather than working which is a verb and gerund. A gerund is a noun wanting to be a verb.

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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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Word of the Week "Moral Compass": Meditate on this Phrase

Word of the Week "Moral Compass": Meditate on this Phrase | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

These two words used together are important – very important.  In the legal profession, we must use a moral compass because we meet people who have lost their way.  We have to make sure, at all time, that we do not head in the wrong direction also.

 

Take time to meditate about the meaning of the word “moral compass” to you.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Ethics

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Moral

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Values


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I am unsure that moral compass is a device. A compass is, but thinking of morals in an instrumental way, even metaphorically, misses the point. Having said this, the article makes good points. We communicate morals through our words, actions, thoughts, etc. It is communicating that is important.

 

Teachers communicate all the time. We should consider what that means to the learning of others.

 

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Take a break

Take a break | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Enough to make kitty's hair stand on end. Enjoy!


Via Vilma Bonilla
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I think I will now.

 

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I can relate. ❤

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The Only Thing We Need to be Happy.

The Only Thing We Need to be Happy. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." ~ Dalai Lama
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Teaching is about relationships. Healthy relationships are about compassion. Using compassion and inviting students into healthy relationships is critical to the relationships. I had a wonderful conversation today with two other educators about relationships and compassion.

 

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Spiritual Life is Hard

Spiritual Life is Hard | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
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Spiritual life and life that gives us voice can be trying and challenging. This is life in general. The good and not so good mix together and bring many lessons for learning. Spiritual life is pausing and listening for the voice from within that says we are doing OK even when times are hard.

 

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Don't stress - live in the moment! Making mindfulness work for you

Don't stress - live in the moment! Making mindfulness work for you | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Believe it or not, some people try mindfulness and find that it actually adds to their stress levels rather than helps them feel calmer and more balanced. How can this be? Like so many topics that...

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Letting go and not judging would likely reduce stress. What a wonderful approach for classrooms to be able to be without judging.

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“10 Steps to Peace Within!” By Aine Belton | Global Love Project

“10 Steps to Peace Within!” By Aine Belton | Global Love Project | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
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There are excellent ideas here. I wonder if so-called leaders are thinking this way or does ideology rule the day?

 

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Mindfulness: it's good to be busy doing nothing - Telegraph

Mindfulness: it's good to be busy doing nothing - Telegraph | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Taking several timeouts each day, says Elizabeth McFarlane, helps to get the creative juices flowing and encourages her to be more aware of the moment (RT @BH_Retreats: Mindfulness: it's good to be busy doing nothing

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It took several years for students to sit for five minutes and not talk. It is good to be busy doing nothing. Sometimes the nothing is something very important.

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5 Reasons To Start Practicing Mindfulness Right Now

5 Reasons To Start Practicing Mindfulness Right Now | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
What is mindfulness? And do you know the benefits it can provide you? Here are 5 reasons why you should start practicing mindfulness right now.

Via Morgan Dix
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Mindfulness is increasingly important. Slowing down and being present in work and relationships is more challenging than ever. Teachers could use mindfulness and its practices to help in their work and in their relationships with students.

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"Mindfulness is everywhere right now. But do you know what it actually is? Like many things that get press coverage and go mainstream, it’s easy to think you know all about it. But what if, like most people, you’re still not clear what the profound benefits of mindfulness actually are? And what if those benefits aren’t as far away as you might think? Odds are, if you really knew how much it could change your life—and how quickly—you’d be practicing it right now. My goal is to convince you of that."

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Remember this

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


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Take time and spend time in solitude.

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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
Deseret News
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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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

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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, 5:37 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, 4:23 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, 9:40 AM

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