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5 Skills of Really Amazing Listeners

5 Skills of Really Amazing Listeners | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to be heard. But not everyone knows how to truly listen. Here's how amazing listeners use those odd things on the sides of their heads.

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Listening to students helps build relationships. They are not always looking for pat answers. They want to know that we care enough to stop and genuinely listen.

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(From the article) Hold up a mirror. This is a technique many psychologists and counselors recommend to help alleviate conflict. When the opportunity arises, speak up and describe for the person what you have just heard him or her say. It is OK to rephrase in your own words. Be sure to end with a request for confirmation: "So what you're most concerned about is that the new hires lack training. Is that accurate?" The speaker then knows you are paying attention and fully engaged.

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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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The Hidden Price of Mindfulness Inc.

The Hidden Price of Mindfulness Inc. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
As the practice of mindfulness is packaged and peddled, it’s hard not to wonder if something essential is being lost.

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When we package anything, what does it become but a new quick product. Mindfulness is a way of living that cannot be packaged as a one-size-fits-all and super-sized. I am always wary of corporate views of anything.
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A long review of Conversations with Emmanuel Levinas

A long review of Conversations with Emmanuel Levinas | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/24561-conversations-with-emmanuel-levinas-1983-1994/ This is really good.Not just a short book review but a discussion ranging quite widely of all Levinas‘s era and his Judaism. It makes me think how  much we can take our life for granted when we consider all the tragedies in the world.I read yesterday that men are never confident of their masculinity…
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I used Levinas in my lit review and find his thinking and writing compelling.
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The core skill of meditation is showing up

The core skill of meditation is showing up | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
One of the biggest myths about meditation is that it involves experiencing blissful or "spiritual" states of mind. It doesn't. It's about experiencing and

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Thich Nhat Hanh suggests that meditation and mindfulness help us see the extraordinary in the ordinary
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Brain Pickings: A wonderful illustrated ode to finding dignity amid oppression and the soul-preserving power of joy

Brain Pickings: A wonderful illustrated ode to finding dignity amid oppression and the soul-preserving power of joy | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A lyrical celebration of an oasis of hope and human dignity in the midst of inhumane injustice.
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The Viktor Frankl quote is important. We can choose how we respond to the world. It can be difficult, but it is what makes us human and humane.
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New Study Links Meditation To Wisdom

New Study Links Meditation To Wisdom | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A new study has found an association between meditation and wisdom.

Researchers with the University of Chicago’s Department of Psychology have found that meditation, and physical practices such as ballet, might lead to increased wisdom. The study, “The Relationship between Mental and Somatic Practices and Wisdom,” was published in PLOS ONE.

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Is the mystery of wisdom about to be revealed? And isit  that surprising that it should be associated with holistic and reflective practices? What people involved in spirituality have known for centuries is becoming mainstream.

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Is the mystery of wisdom about to be revealed? And isit  that surprising that it should be associated with holistic and reflective practices?

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Is the mystery of wisdom about to be revealed? And isit  that surprising that it should be associated with holistic and reflective practices?

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Mindfulness Matters in the Workplace

Mindfulness Matters in the Workplace | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

The mind is a powerful asset, and like any other organ it needs equal rest and stimulation. It's become obvious that our workplaces are increasingly stressful with longer work hours, high pressure deadlines and increased workloads.


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Is Mindfulness Religious?

Is Mindfulness Religious? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
  There has been a lot of discussion lately in mindfulness in education circles (for example, here, here, and here) about the need for mindfulness programs in educational contexts to be comple...
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Religious might be the wrong word. Spiritual is more in keeping with what mindfulness is. Similar to prayer, there is a need to be attentive and listen with care to the world, internal and external.

 

Jon Kabat-Zinn's point about Buddha not being a Buddhist is accurate. Jesus was not a Christian as we understand it. When we use the word religion, it is what binds people together in a meaningful way and that transcends religion.

 

I think the key question for me is "What role does mindfulness play in the secular world?"

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Jenny Ebermann's comment, February 27, 7:21 PM
Thanks for sharing this; many people around here are afraid that it might have something to do with religion. It definitely does not and it all depends what you as a person believe in. If you are religious it will certainly deepen your insights; if you are not you also deepen your personal insights but not associating these to any of the well-known traditions....
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“Mindfulness isn’t new, and I didn’t invent it. It is thousands of years old, and has roots in traditions from Asia, like Buddhism and yoga. That said, you definitely don’t need to be a Buddhist to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is about cultivating a present-moment, open-hearted awareness and compassion. That kind of awareness is found in wisdom traditions throughout the world, whether or not they call it ‘mindfulness.’ The mindfulness that we teach here is for anyone of any religion, or no religion at all. That’s because we’re not going to ask you to believe anything, or to not believe anything. Instead, we’re just going to invite you to pay attention, and learn from your own experience.”

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You are welcome Jenny.
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Being mindful to improve the conversations you have with yourself

Being mindful to improve the conversations you have with yourself | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
We all have conversations going on constantly in our heads. For some of us they are subtle, passive, and help us feel protected and safe. For others, they are much more aggressive and destructive. Make your self-talk work for you rather than against you.

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Mindfulness of the content and intent of these internal conversations is important.

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Your Complete Guide To Mindfulness

Your Complete Guide To Mindfulness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
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By Alison Feller for Life by Daily Burn

Does your Monday-Friday grind mean an onslaught of meetings, appointments and responsibilities? Us too. Our "go-go-go" society h...

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This is a good read.

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, January 26, 4:57 PM

There just might something to this whole mindfulness thing after all! After some skepticism, I've been trying to practice mindfulness each day. At first, it didn't seem anything was changing but now, after a month, I've begun to see definite changes in various aspects of my life. These changes are being noticed by others too, especially my wife who has remarked that I seem less "anxious". 

 

Maybe there is something to this! 

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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, 2015 4:25 PM

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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The Shapeshifting Mind, & What to Do about It.

The Shapeshifting Mind, & What to Do about It. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Just as tea takes the shape of whatever container it’s poured into, the mind tends to assume the shape of whatever thought, emotion or sensation captures its

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The world shapesus and it is important to be aware of what is emerging.
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Practicing What I Preach: How a Trip to Target Made Me More Mindful

Practicing What I Preach: How a Trip to Target Made Me More Mindful | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Are you living mind full or mindful. Kelly Olenski shares how we can live one mindfully.
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Being mindful is about being present to what we do and who we are with. It is not multi-tasking, but a sensitive and tactful presence.
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The Real Test

This post is not about high-stakes testing. It is not about testing in schools of any kind. Or even education. This post is about human dignity—to put a fine point on it, about our very human propensity to indignity. So what is the real test? The real test is about whether or not you will…
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Hannah Arendt wrote about living-in-plurality and Gert Biesta picked up on that for education. Conformity and compliance do not exist. What exists are differences. The result is teachers play a significant ethical role in the lives of students.
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Practice Improvised Mindfulness At Your Desk - Mindful

Practice Improvised Mindfulness At Your Desk - Mindful | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Patricia Ryan Madson, author of Improv Wisdom, offers this mindful improv practice. 
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This is a good practice. How attentive am I of my environment? This would work well for students and teachers.
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What we’re getting right – and wrong - about mindfulness researchLearning and the Brain blog

What we’re getting right – and wrong - about mindfulness researchLearning and the Brain blog | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
There's a lot of hype around mindfulness these days - and also a lot of skepticism. Our in-house expert dives into evidence for, and against, common claims.
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Mindfulness is helpful for everyone, regardless of age and background.
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Jenny Ebermann

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One of the best ways I find for recovering my inner strength and recharging my batteries is being in the mountains. Living in Switzerland, I feel very lucky as I can quickly escape and in a couple …

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I enjoy just being in nature. I love mountains, but heights are a struggle so I often observe them from a distance which is calming.

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Indeed Yvon, you don't need to go all the way up to enjoy being in the mountains :-) Thanks!
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How To Practice Mindfulness When You Don't Have The Time

How To Practice Mindfulness When You Don't Have The Time | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

We now have the scientific evidence to back up those claims. Research conducted by Greg Feist of San Jose State University found that when people let their focus shift away from others around them, they're better able to engage in "metacognition," the process of thinking critically and reflectively about your own thoughts.

 

Where things get tricky, though, is figuring out what to do in order to encourage metacognitive thought in the first place. When we're routinely overwhelmed with outside noise, carving out space for unstructured daydreaming takes planning, structure.

 

Sometimes the most productive periods of contemplation come to us unawares and don't last very long—but that doesn't mean they aren't useful.


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I close my eyes and recite a short set of lines I have used for a number of years. It calms when things are harried.

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the mindfulness solution (meditations)

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The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems

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Here are some ideas.

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interested in meditation?, here are some options ...

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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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