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Addicted to Approval: Reclaim Your Self-Esteem

Addicted to Approval: Reclaim Your Self-Esteem | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Depending on others to confirm that you’re worthwhile is a recipe for disappointment. You are good enough, whether others approve of you or not.
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We live in a world that seems to tell us the opposite; that we need external approval. Thich Nhat Hanh's quote is a great entry into this article.

 

This is something we need to emphasize in schools and with students. It might help overcome bullying a bit.

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How big are your windows?

How big are your windows? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
I hope you all enjoyed a lovely break over Easter! While spring is slowly coming in - at least in this part of the world - I found this Eskimo quote, which I would like to share with you: "Don't le...

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This is an important message. The windows to our house and heart allow light in.

 

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The Challenge of Not Doing

The Challenge of Not Doing | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

“This is for the do-ers, myself included.It seems like we are always doing something, even when we aren’t doing anything. Doing nothing means different things to each of us, but it usually boils down to not getting anything meaningful accomplished.”


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Empty busyness is empty.

 

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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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Actually, that's not in the Bible

Actually, that's not in the Bible | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

The Bible may be the most revered book in America, but it's also one of the most misquoted.


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What other phantom quotes from literature exist out there and are taken-for-granted?

 

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What mountains can teach us

What mountains can teach us | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Currently being in the mountains and enjoying the crisp fresh air as well as the snow, I thought it'd be a good moment to remind myself of the mountain meditation from Jon Kabat-Zinn . The purpose ...


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Feel yourself rooted in stillness. I don't think we realize how important that is some days.

 

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Mountains have strong and broad bases. There is a calmness that finds its way into our practice when we spread the load out.

 

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7 Life-Affirming Reasons to Meditate In The Morning

7 Life-Affirming Reasons to Meditate In The Morning | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Mystics, sages, and gurus throughout history say that early morning is the best time to meditate. Here are seven great reasons to meditate in the morning.

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Meditation is like opening a door to the day.

 

 

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After 20 years of meditation, I've found there's no better time than the early morning!

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5 Posts you can learn more on mindfulness

5 Posts you can learn more on mindfulness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is very interesting, and I would like to review it for this week. You are the only one who has to be responsible for your mind not things or people who create situations. OK, let me giv...
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An interesting post with some links. The one worth following up on is the one about the connection to quantum physics.

 

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The Difference Between Sympathy And Empathy - Expanded Consciousness

The Difference Between Sympathy And Empathy - Expanded Consciousness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

This is a beautifully animated video acting out a well articulated section of Dr Brené Brown’s lecture on the difference between an empathetic and a sympathetic response from the RSA.


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A very interesting explanation along with a wonderful video.

 

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Six Paths to Greater Empathy

Six Paths to Greater Empathy | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Big Empathy is about expanding our empathy to embrace the suffering and well-being of more of life, more deeply, more competently, and more seamlessly than we normally do.

 

Below are six potentially complementary paths – not methods, but general approaches – to developing greater empathy. Of course, in order to enhance empathy, they must be undertaken with a desire to truly connect with the Other....

 

1. LISTENING – I’m speaking here of deep listening, empathic listening, reflective listening – listening intended to deeply understand the Other so that they feel truly understood....

 

2. SELF AWARENESS – We are all universal beings....

 

3. NARRATIVE ARTS – Stories can help us experience the inner and outer life of the Other. ...

 

4. IMMERSION – It is one thing to listen to, read or think about someone else’s life experience. It is quite another to actually live our life like theirs for a while. This is immersive empathy....

 

5. SCIENCES – Understanding causal and functional dynamics can deepen our capacity to enter into experiences and realities otherwise alien to us. ...

 

6. RESPONSIVE CARING – In caring, our empathic sensibilities merge with our will. 

 

by Tom Atlee

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There are mindfulness qualities embedded here. What can we learn when we listen?

 

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Mindfulness Helps You Become a Better Leader

To keep your equilibrium, practice meditation (or something like it) every day.

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This is not about creating a corporate bottom line, although mindful practices could contribute there indirectly. It is about becoming a better person and contributing to the world as a better place.

 

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36 Million People in This World Still Live in Slavery

36 Million People in This World Still Live in Slavery | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

vAnti-slavery group Walk Free has grim statistics on the roughly 36 million people living in slavery worldwide.


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And it is much closer to home than we think. There have been several people charged in Alberta with slavery related crimes. Despite this, we treat the topic as one that is resolved.

 

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Adrienne Rich on Lying, What “Truth” Really Means, and the Alchemy of Human Possibility

Adrienne Rich on Lying, What “Truth” Really Means, and the Alchemy of Human Possibility | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
"The possibilities that exist between two people, or among a group of people, are a kind of alchemy. They are the most interesting thing in
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I was not sure where to put this article about truth. What is truth? According to Adrienne Rich, it is a kind of alchemy between people.

 

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Buddhist Economics: How to Stop Prioritizing Goods Over People and Consumption Over Creative Activity

Buddhist Economics: How to Stop Prioritizing Goods Over People and Consumption Over Creative Activity | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

What does it really mean to create wealth for people — for humanity — as opposed to money for governments and corporations?

 


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David Loy and Marc Anielski write on the Buddhism and economics. Other sources might be Wendell Berry and Gary Snynder who write about ecology and economics being connected.

 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 14, 2014 4:43 PM

Rhodes Scholar, and economic theorist E. F. Schumacher's1973 book Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered was deemed by The Times Literary Supplement one of the 100 most important books published since WWII.


Sharing an ideological kinship with such influential minds as Tolstoy and Gandhi, Schumacher’s is a masterwork of intelligent counterculture, applying history’s deepest, most timeless wisdom to the most pressing issues of modern life in an effort to educate, elevate and enlighten.

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Attention Regulates Emotion

Attention Regulates Emotion | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Extremes of every kind of attention are a problem. It’s important to find a balance between too narrow a focus, and attention that's too widely dispersed. Attention too far in either direction can throw you off your game.Many consider flow to be an ideal state. That’s when your concentration is utterly absorbed – and you're most likely being challenged. You’re better able to tune out your mental chatter because you’re fully engrossed in a task. That can feel great since you’re not only being productive, but you’re also not distracted by negative self

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Mindfulness s an important part of how teachers can help themselves and students.

 

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A Simple Way to Be Present and Live Life to the Fullest

A Simple Way to Be Present and Live Life to the Fullest | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

“It can be a struggle to stay present, especially when life seems better in the past. Here's how I've learned to stay in the now & live life to the fullest.”


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When we experience the (extra) ordinary in the moment, we find peace.

 

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Staying Present in the Classroom: Practicing Mindful Teaching

Staying Present in the Classroom: Practicing Mindful Teaching | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
How am I going to transition to the next lesson? What's that smell? What am I going to have the kids who finish early do until the bell rings? Do you think any of them actually like this book? I ho...
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Teachers and students need space within which to retreat and regain their focus.

 

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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, 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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Scientists discover that eyes really are 'the window to the soul'

The eyes really are a window to the soul, according to scientists.

Patterns in the iris can give an indication of whether we are warm and trusting or neurotic and impulsive, research has found.

Everyone has a different structure of lines, dots and colours in their iris.

So scientists at Orebro University in Sweden compared the eyes of 428 subjects with their personality traits to see if these structures in the iris reflected their characters.

They focused on patterns in crypts - threads which radiate from the pupil - and contraction furrows - lines curving around the outer edge - which are formed when the pupils dilate.

Their findings showed those with denselypacked crypts are more warmhearted, tender, trusting, and likely to sympathize with others. In comparison, those with more contraction furrows were more neurotic, impulsive and likely to give way to cravings.

The researchers argued that eye structure and personality could be linked because the genes responsible for the development of the

iris also play a role in shaping part of the frontal lobe of the brain, which influences personality.

They say the findings could one day be used in psychoanalysis and by companies screening candidates for jobs.

The results will be published in the American journal Biological Psychology. 'Our results suggest people with different iris features tend to develop along different personality lines,' said Matt Larsson, a behavioral scientist who led the study at Orebro University.'These findings support the notion that people with different iris configurations tend to develop along different trajectories in regards to personality.

'Differences in the iris can be used as a biomarker that reflects differences between people.'

The scientists suggested these differences are due to genetic variation, and pointed to the involvement of a gene called PAX6. This gene helps control the formation of the iris in embryos. Previous research has shown that a mutation of it is linked to impulsiveness and poor social skills.

The speed and accuracy with which irises can be mapped means there is growing interest in using photographs of eyes for security as well as research purposes.

The Government is testing the use of digital photographs of the iris on 'biometric' passports and identity cards.

Trials of the iris technology have been taking place at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-436932/Scientists-discover-eyes-really-window-soul.html#ixzz3SOiahqxm


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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 21, 6:02 PM

The eyes really are a window to the soul, according to scientists.

Patterns in the iris can give an indication of whether we are warm and trusting or neurotic and impulsive, research has found.

Everyone has a different structure of lines, dots and colours in their iris.

So scientists at Orebro University in Sweden compared the eyes of 428 subjects with their personality traits to see if these structures in the iris reflected their characters.

They focused on patterns in crypts - threads which radiate from the pupil - and contraction furrows - lines curving around the outer edge - which are formed when the pupils dilate.

Their findings showed those with denselypacked crypts are more warmhearted, tender, trusting, and likely to sympathize with others. In comparison, those with more contraction furrows were more neurotic, impulsive and likely to give way to cravings.

The researchers argued that eye structure and personality could be linked because the genes responsible for the development of the iris also play a role in shaping part of the frontal lobe of the brain, which influences personality.

They say the findings could one day be used in psychoanalysis and by companies screening candidates for jobs.

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#Altruism explained by Matthieu Ricard - YouTube

Matthieu Ricard shares his thoughts on altruism. Shining Hope supports his humanitarian projects in northern India. Win a chance to skype with him here http:...

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I rarely scoop videos but this one is short and involves a brilliant scientist and Buddhist monk.

 

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Post this in your Kitchen: 10 Tips for a Mindful Home.

Post this in your Kitchen: 10 Tips for a Mindful Home. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
"Elegance allows no resentment." ~ Chogyam Trungpa Last night I hosted a cozy, simple, elegant, eco-responsible Thanksgiving in my home. Most of what

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Setting aside time and just being in our daily living and journeying is essential to that living.

 

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, January 5, 3:57 PM

This needs to be printed out and hung on the wall! #mindfulness

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Servant Leadership: Being a Servant First, a Leader Second

Servant Leadership: Being a Servant First, a Leader Second | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Being a servant leader can boost engagement, increase trust and build better team relationships. Includes 10 key characteristics of servant leadership.

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One administrator tried to snow us with his version of servant-leadership which was just old-fashioned management without any spiritual depth to it.

 

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The Holistic Approach To Good Leadership

The Holistic Approach To Good Leadership | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Thinking outside the box is greatbut turning one's gaze inward can produce surprising results.

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Spirituality is important to good leadership.

 

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, December 11, 2014 7:02 AM
#self-#leadership is in fact the basis for leading others!
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Want to be happy? Be grateful

Want to be happy? Be grateful | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude.

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There is spiritual element to gratitude.

 

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Tom Wojick's curator insight, November 29, 2014 9:37 AM

Great presentation. Resiliency is the ability to be grateful for all experiences; even the ones that appear to be negative. There is an opportunity to learn form all of life's experiences.

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The Disease of Being Busy

The Disease of Being Busy | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Our overscheduled lives leave little time for contemplation and reflection. How do we enable each other to pause and reflect together and ask how our hearts are doing?
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This is a wonderful article written with a Sufi view of the world, at least from the way I understand Sufism. Slow down and smell the roses.

 

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Could mindfulness help teachers manage stress?

Could mindfulness help teachers manage stress? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

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Amanda Bailey explains how she teaches mindfulness skills in school to help staff and students manage stress and improve concentration

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The short answer is yes. The article provides insight and links for furthering the process.

 

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, October 21, 2014 9:10 PM

A fabulous article that will resonate with most teachers (and students)..."Mindfulness is a skill that has to be practiced regularly and over the long term to realise the most benefit. The more we bring our mind into the present in a formal or informal way then the more we can train the mind to pay attention to all aspects of our life."