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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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Does Nature Make Us Happy?

Does Nature Make Us Happy? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Connections with nature are linked to happiness and ecological sustainability.

 

Research: the results of their research suggest that “nature relatedness has a distinct happiness benefit” beyond the more generalized benefit of feeling connected to family, friends, and home.

 

Our connection to nature also correlated with most measures of human well-being, indicating it may play an extremely important role in maintaining positive mental health. 

 

Learn more:

 

http://gustmeeshobbyen.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/the-beauty-of-nature-selection-of-best-photo-shots-from-the-wild-garden/
http://globaleducationandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/category/sustainability/http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Sustainability

 


Via Gust MEES, Aki Puustinen, Suvi Salo
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Nature is a place where we can see the patterns we need to see. It is also a reminder of our place in something much bigger than human invention and creation. Nature is a the ultimate creative space where creation is ongoing.

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Take a holistic approach to relieving anxiety

Take a holistic approach to relieving anxiety | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

There are many methods to help relieve anxiety. In my opinion, they work best when used in combination. My approach, of course, is to use meditation (a mind-body technique) as the foundation and then incorporate other holistic lifestyle skills. This is how I teach my Meditation for Health Program (http://www.seekwithinyou.com/about/meditation-for-health). I feel that having a foundation (being rooted) in one method and then branching out to others is key to bringing yourself back into a mind, body and spirit balance.

#holistichealth #holisticliving


Via Vilma Bonilla
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This is a much deeper site than what appears. It looks like there is room for exploration.

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Quote of the Day: On Questions & Answers.

Quote of the Day: On Questions & Answers. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a
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I love Rainer Rilke's poem about living in the questions rather than the answers.

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The Relationship Building Power of Empathy

The Relationship Building Power of Empathy | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Via Anne Leong
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Empathy as a form of love is pretty powerful.

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How Mindfulness Can Help Your Writing

How Mindfulness Can Help Your Writing | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

"Just 20 minutes of meditation a day, in a quiet place and doing this for a few weeks, can do wonders to increase your focus. By being more focused, when you sit down to write you’ll be able to devote your time completely to your writing."


Via craig daniels
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What begins to happen, without any intention for it to happen, is the 20 minutes becomes 45 minutes and an hour. We become present with the person we are and the world we live in through meditation in any form. What would happen if teachers and students meditated in classrooms. We spent about 15 minutes each day after lunch in what we called a 'conversation circle' for several years before I retired. Many days, we just sat and did not say anything. Regardless, the afternoons were far more focused.

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craig daniels's curator insight, March 27, 2014 2:43 PM

Any program or exercise that can foster creativity and help make your writing flow is worth a look. Mindfulness may be the simple routine to do just that for many writers.

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Waylon talks with Congressman Tim Ryan: reclaiming Politics from House of Cards’ style partisanship.

Waylon talks with Congressman Tim Ryan: reclaiming Politics from House of Cards’ style partisanship. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Waylon talks with Congressman Tim Ryan about how the Mindful Revolution—just featured on the cover of Time Magazine, the subject of Ryan's book, Mindful Nation and the mission of elephant ("the mindful life," for 11 long years)—can not only help us to cool our stress on a personal level, but to reunite a divided body politic.
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A strong advocate for mindful education.

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Domains of Emotional Intelligence

Domains of Emotional Intelligence | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Daniel Goleman's Five domains of Emotional Intelligence are self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills.

Via Roger Francis, juandoming
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Emotional intelligence is largely a way of being present and listening to one's self, others, and the world. It is mindfulness and has strong spiritual components attached.

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14 Benefits of Mindfulness. {Infographic}

14 Benefits of Mindfulness. {Infographic} | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
After studying this infographic and perusing all the benefits of mindfulness (and how mindfulness actually works), I'm going to be more mindful about being mindful.
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This is a very detailed infographic with a little history, practical elements, and a lot about benefits.

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One Meditation Mistake You Should Never Make - About Meditation

One Meditation Mistake You Should Never Make - About Meditation | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
There is one meditation mistake you should never make. If you follow this one simple tip, you will make great strides in your practice.

Via Morgan Dix
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Letting go is important in meditative practices. One thing I let go of is the clock. The result has been an increasingly deeper practice most days.

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Why Mindfulness Is More Than a Fad

Why Mindfulness Is More Than a Fad | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

"There’s a reason everyone from Goldie Hawn to David Lynch to the Google bigwigs are over the moon about mindfulness. A growing number of studies have shown that mindfulness practices, especially meditation, help reduce stress, promote better decision-making, encourage creativity, and lower the risk of heart attack, among other benefits."


Via craig daniels
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It is the little things that make mindfulness. The first point on the list is about wishing others well. It is more than a rote thing. When we are mindful, wishing someone well is a deeply felt and received gesture.

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Creating a Mind That Can Move From Panic to Peace

Creating a Mind That Can Move From Panic to Peace | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
If the mind is prepared, logic can soothe

Via Suvi Salo
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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is a similar process where various meditative and contemplative practices are used as calming. Meditation is very helpful and brings great relief when practiced regularly.

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Teaching Children to Calm Themselves - New York Times (blog)

Teaching Children to Calm Themselves - New York Times (blog) | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Teaching Children to Calm Themselves New York Times (blog) Indeed, one of the biggest lessons for teachers and parents who undergo this training is that the very first step is learning how to calm, and care for, themselves, especially when they are...

Via The Rice Process
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Meditative and other practices are so important for all of us.

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The Relationship Building Power of Empathy: Four Intentions of Empathic Listeners

The Relationship Building Power of Empathy: Four Intentions of Empathic Listeners | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Via Anne Leong
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The four points provide excellent advice.

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Don’t Worry: Be Happy

Don’t Worry: Be Happy | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
What if You Didn’t Have to Worry About Yourself? Have you ever had people annoy you at work? Or maybe family members whose little habits bothered you? Have you been frustrated by a store clerk or waiter, or maybe another driver? What about frustration with your kid...

Via The BioSync Team, Bobby Dillard
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Mindfulness is such a powerful way to live. It is simple, but difficult to be present. It helped me the last few years in the classroom and  dealing with the adults I worked with including those above me in the non-existent hierarchy in Parkland School Division

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Interesting what happens when you free yourself from worry — practice brings liberation!

The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 31, 2014 3:38 AM

If only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, they would stop worrying.
—Dale Carnegie


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Knowing What to Do When the Path You're On Feels Wrong

Knowing What to Do When the Path You're On Feels Wrong | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
If you feel in your heart that you are not where you want to be, that you're on a path that isn't right for you, it is never too late.
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One of the hard things in life and one of the lessons no one should have to learn is that people cannot be trusted. When that happens, this article about living in the present offers great advice.

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10 Things High EQ People Don’t Do

10 Things High EQ People Don’t Do | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Why do some people seem to make friends and create success wherever they go? You may find they have developed their high EQ over IQ. Here's how you can too!

Via Anne Leong
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Lists about things people should not do are better than lists of habits, ways, and things.

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Why You Are Struggling in Meditation & 10 Steps to Turn it Around - About Meditation

Why You Are Struggling in Meditation & 10 Steps to Turn it Around - About Meditation | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Are you struggling in meditation? This 10 step guide will help you identify some some of the roadblocks and give you tips to turn it around.

Via Bobby Dillard
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It is interesting, but I never sit with a particular goal in mind. I guess my goal is to not have a goal in my sitting. I let whatever comes come and take note of those things that keep circling back.

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A CEOs Secret to Decision-Making: Meditate in Silence

A CEOs Secret to Decision-Making: Meditate in Silence | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
How a $15,000 bet helped Khajak Keledjian, CEO of high-fashion retailer Intermix, find inner peace.

Via Bobby Dillard
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The key is does it make a person better and do they make the world a better place? That is an incalculable bottom line.

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Mindfulness as a Foundation for Organizational Effectiveness ...

Mindfulness as a Foundation for Organizational Effectiveness. Posted on January 18, 2014 by Mona Biskup. Mindfulness as a Foundation for Organizational Effectiveness by Jacqueline Carte 17 January 2014.

Via Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.
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There are some links to research embedded in the article. Is mindfulness the new hot issue which become a Technique and not about improving lives and the world we live in?

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Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 26, 2014 4:08 PM

Paying attention, being focused, thoughtful,  and disciplined in your approach:  are these really not obviously beneficial?   The mindfulness concept is not anything especially new or startling, but it is definitely a very helpful starting point.  The  next important issues are: what are you paying attention to? , what are you focusing on?, what are you thinking about?, what approach are you sticking with?  Organizational effectiveness involves both doing things the right way and doing the right things....

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Can Mindfulness Help Stop Health Worker Burnout?

Can Mindfulness Help Stop Health Worker Burnout? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Two new studies investigate how mindfulness can reduce depression and exhaustion among doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals—and get mixed results.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Mindfulness is an important practice in everyone's daily life. It is important that research is baring this out.

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Five 3 Minute Meditations

Five 3 Minute Meditations | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Want a quick meditation that you can use on the go? Here are five meditations that take only 3 minutes. Continue reading →

Via Jenny Ebermann
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These are short and a effective ways to begin a meditation practice.

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, March 24, 2014 9:25 PM

Don't tell me you don't have three minutes!

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Are You Mindful or Mindless?

Are You Mindful or Mindless? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is making its way into corporate culture as a term, but here's how to make it a reality for yourself. Learn to slow down, think more clearly, and unleash your creativity.

 

"Shakespeare’s Hamlet famously said that there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so."


Via craig daniels
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If we are simply keeping up at best, we are likely not operating mindfully. There is a need to slow down, be present, and focus on the people and things in our presence at each particular moment. This is not about financial bottom lines, but, when we are mindful, those are more likely improved as well.

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Great Leadership Requires Asking Questions

Great Leadership Requires Asking Questions | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Great leaders are those who instead ask the right questions and engage others to arrive at the best answers together.


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A key is when asking questions is to listen deeply. I read Parker Palmer and use his work in my writing. The key person to question and listen to is one's self. This requires quietness that we do not find in the hectic pace of daily life. It is a meditative space when we listen to our self and to others.

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 20, 2014 2:10 PM

(From the article) “When a leader asks the questions,” says Wiseman, “they channel the energy and intelligence of their team on the challenge at hand, and they shift the burden of thinking onto others.”

 

Instead of looking to answer the big and important questions on his or her own, the multiplier asks provocative questions of the group and encourages them to work on it together. This engages employees like nothing else and no longer has them sitting on the sidelines awaiting the answer from their leader.

 

Annette Schmeling's curator insight, March 20, 2014 7:46 PM

Effective questions are those that accomplish their purpose as well as build a positive relationships. Questions that work should build a deeper and better understanding of the problem and possible solutions, but should also construct better working relations among the problem solvers.  Edgar Schein in his book Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling promotes the kind of inquiry that comes from an attitude of interest and curiosity. Inviting others to tell their story in their own words helps to establish rapport, gather information and increase understanding.

 

Humble Inquiry changes the quality of listening from confirming habitual judgments and the focus on the factual/objective data to more empathic and generative listening (Otto Scharmer) and greater humility. My whole being is able to slow down and to be present when I can suspend my judgment and enter into the question at a deeper level. 

ozziegontang's curator insight, May 5, 2014 10:00 AM

Lee would simply share: The role of the leader is to be a virtuoso question-asker.  Questions open. Answers close. 


Thanks to Annette Schmeling for sharing from Serving and Leadership.

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Start a More Meaningful Conversation #meanit - Let's Grow Leaders

Start a More Meaningful Conversation #meanit - Let's Grow Leaders | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

 Here are several questions that can help you slow down and start a more meaningful conversation..


Via donhornsby, Robin Brothers
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Meditating has helped considerably for me. It is certainly not what everyone needs, but it slowed me down and allowed me to think about what I controlled in relationships. Sometimes the answers were surprising and led to me reducing the energy output required in dealing with certain issues. The first meaningful conversation we should have is with our self.

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 19, 2014 12:46 PM

(From the article): Leaders who are insecure are more likely to cover up their fears by limiting feedback and placing blame.  What appears tough on the outside, may actually a false barricade to protect a fragile ego.

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8 Ways to Get Grounded

8 Ways to Get Grounded | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

8 Ways to Get Grounded. As we stand on our two feet, we are able to see far into the distance. Our horizons are further and our world bigger than our four legged animal counterparts. We have developed our skills for reasoning and for imagining.


Via Bobby Dillard
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Being present and aware are so important in life.

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