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The Top 5 Excuses For Not Practicing Mindfulness (And Why We Need To Stop Using Them)

The Top 5 Excuses For Not Practicing Mindfulness (And Why We Need To Stop Using Them) | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Over the years, I found that I expanded these bite size mindfulness exercises into full-blown practices in my own life. Now I sit and meditate every morning, and try to approach life in a more mindful way....

Via craig daniels
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The first excuse is interesting and fun. It reminds me of a Zen quote. If we do not have time to meditate and be mindful we need to spend more time.

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How to Meditate: 5 Things Every Meditator Must Know - About Meditation

How to Meditate: 5 Things Every Meditator Must Know - About Meditation | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
How to meditate: from little moments of bliss to full-on immersions in ecstatic states of cosmic consciousness, these 5 tips will guide you to success.

Via Morgan Dix, Bobby Dillard
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I have found that meditating does come with the whole range of very little to a lot in each category. Sometimes it is much clearer than other times.

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Introducing Mindful Eating Within a Family

Introducing Mindful Eating Within a Family | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
By Jan Chozen Bays, MD Jan Chozen Bays, MD, is a pediatrician and Zen teacher from Oregon. She is the author of Mindful Eating: Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food and How to ...

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I have read several articles by Dr. Chozen Bays. She is a great writer and teacher about mindfulness.

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Under, Over, Through

Under, Over, Through | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
I sit at my desk, perched in front of a window, for several hours each day. Whether it’s for online client sessions (via FaceTime or Skype), writing, or dipping into various social media pools, I h...

Via Laurie Buchanan, PhD
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This is an interesting observation. It is always interesting to learn from nature.

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How do YOU get to the other side of obstacles?

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4 scientific studies on how meditation can affect your heart and brain | TED Blog

4 scientific studies on how meditation can affect your heart and brain | TED Blog | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Many people have tried to sell me on meditating. Sometimes I try it, and have a refreshing experience. But usually not.

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There are many benefits to being present and mindful beginning with self-regulation. Being able to bring ones' self back to the moment and the now is important.

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Why Meditate? Top 10 Reasons Why Not To - About Meditation

Why Meditate? Top 10 Reasons Why Not To - About Meditation | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Have you asked the question, Why Meditate? There are so many schools of thought telling us how good it is for us. Are there any reasons why not to meditate?

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This is a fun read and points out the reasons we should meditate.

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What Mindfulness Is — And Isn't

What Mindfulness Is — And Isn't | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Now that meditation has hit the cover of TIME, the Wisdom 2.0 conference has brought meditating executives to the headlines, and figures from Arianna Huffington to 50 Cent do the practice, a bit of
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This is a well-written article with references to research to explain what mindfulness is and what makes it potentially important. It is more about developing a level of attention which draws us back to a particular focus than constant focus.

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Be All Your Selves: Joss Whedon’s 2013 Wesleyan Commencement Address on Embracing Our Inner Contradictions

Be All Your Selves: Joss Whedon’s 2013 Wesleyan Commencement Address on Embracing Our Inner Contradictions | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Actor Joss When delivered the 2013 Wesleyan commencement address, brimming with sometimes uncomfortable but invariably profound reminders of our purpose and challenges as human beings.

 

Identity is something that you are constantly earning. It is a process that you must be active in.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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There are some great points throughout the article and embedded in the quotes that were used. The idea we do not pass through life, but life passes through us is profound.

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5 Mindfulness Steps That Guarantee Increased Success And Vitality

5 Mindfulness Steps That Guarantee Increased Success And Vitality | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Mindlessness contributes to all types of suffering -- professional, personal, interpersonal, and societal. Learn 5 ways to increase your mindfulness and gain more success and vitality.

Via Bobby Dillard, Gary Bamford
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Ellen Langer's work is foundational. She is a pioneer in the science that supports mindfulness. I think many of us knew it worked. Now, many more can join. Perhaps, we could explore what it means for children to be mindful? It is important in the busyness of our world.

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Leadership: The Fallacy of Intimacy

Leadership: The Fallacy of Intimacy | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The biggest fallacy that some leaders subscribe to is that intimacy has no place in leadership or business. They subscribe to this fallacy out of fear and a need to protect themselves. They fear that if they become intimate—that is, if they allow their true selves to be revealed to

Via Anne Leong, Daniela Bolkart
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By creating space, we don't have to commit. Much of what is in the article speaks to servant-leadership and is important in rapidly changing times. Several points i.e. awareness and trust fit with mindful leadership.

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A Tai Pei Personality

A Tai Pei Personality | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The corporate world often utilizes personality profiling tools to determine which category or personality type employees fall into. This is typically done for two reasons: To gain insight into our ...

Via Laurie Buchanan, PhD
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This is a humourous post which points out the way we label each other and sometimes our self. I agree with Laurie. I would prefer to be labeled Tai Pei.

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Have YOU ever been designated with a label you didn't care for?

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The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life”

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Here are 10 scientific insights published in peer-reviewed journals from the past year that the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center anticipate will be cited in scientific studies, help shift public debate, and change individual behavior in the year to come.

 


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We are making great progress with science in the areas of happiness and meaningfulness in life.

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I became aware of this brilliant story by reading [url=/u/212115 x-already-notified=1]Miklos Szilagyi[/url]´s Scoop.it site: Business Coaching.


Miklos does a great job - and I recommend you follow his Scoops. 

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There's No Way Around It, Mindfulness Practice Takes Work

There's No Way Around It, Mindfulness Practice Takes Work | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Misconceptions surround the practice of mindfulness, which is part meditation and part a greater awareness of the things around you.

 

"it takes time and sustained practice to experience the benefits.”


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I believe in it. My practice is flawed, but, what there is, provides sustenance and energy to move forward refreshed or more refreshed.

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craig daniels's curator insight, February 7, 10:57 AM

It's a very old saying, "nothing worth learning is easy."  Mindfulness is worth learning and yes it takes time and persistence if you hope to understand it and become adept at the practice of mindfulness.


Don't let my sobering comments scare you off from putting your toe in the water of taking up a mindfulness practice. The practice of mindfulness is well within your grasp, it just is not easy. Would you want it to be any other way?


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How Mindfulness Helps You See What's Missing (And Why You'd Want To)

How Mindfulness Helps You See What's Missing (And Why You'd Want To) | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
In Basic Mindfulness (the system of Mindfulness I teach) there’s a term called “Gone.” Gone refers to any moment of partial or complete disappearance that you happen to notice. It’s as simple as that.

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Mindfulness is a way of stopping and being present in ways which allow greater awareness to occur naturally. Things emerge instead of being forced to happen, which actually cannot happen. Mindfulness is a series of creative interstitial space. We learn there about our self, the others, and the universe.

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Ellen Diane's curator insight, February 22, 7:16 AM

I heard left sided injuries were from not beingmindful- right side karmic- I broke my left wrist last summer from mindLESSness

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Teaching and Assessing Student Resiliencies

Teaching and Assessing Student Resiliencies | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
In this fourth post in a series about comprehensive student assessment, I’m taking on the subject of resilience and how it is we can both teach and assess students in this area. I’ve been arguing

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I will have to think about the assessment part. As long as it is a formative process or assessment as learning, it is probably workable. For marks, I don't think so.

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Sharrock's curator insight, February 20, 12:32 PM

Resilience is one of the most important qualities our students need to build and develop. They encompass a lot of skills though. Many are listed in this article. 

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10 Great Ways Mindfulness Turns Fear Into An Ally.

10 Great Ways Mindfulness Turns Fear Into An Ally. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Mindfulness allows fear to be, just as it, without diving in. It turns fear into an ally we can use to become courageous and fearless.

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Being present and understanding the impermanence of the world and  the flow of time, helps immensely.

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12 Reasons to Keep a Journal

12 Reasons to Keep a Journal | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Many times it's hard to admit, even to ourselves, our greatest desires. However you can allow your journal to be a sacred space to dream beyond your means and share your truest desires with yourself....

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All of these are true and there are likely many more good reasons. I liked the last one. Journals can be places where we recognize what life has given us. That calls for gratitude and humility.

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The Reward Of Healing Your Past

The Reward Of Healing Your Past | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Recently I saw Saving Mr. Banks. It's a beautiful film whose heart is in telling the story of how Mary Poppins came to be...


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To heal is to make whole. They are connected etymologically with hale, hearth,and health.

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What is Emotional Intelligence and Why Should We Teach it?

What is Emotional Intelligence and Why Should We Teach it? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
        What is Emotional Intelligence and Why Should We Teach it?.
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There is a link embedded to an excellent article about emotional intelligence. It is something we need to include through role modeling and teaching.

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Evening thoughts...

Evening thoughts... | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness, nothing will change for the better in the sphere of our being as humans, and the catastrophe towards which this world is headed - b...


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A great quote from an inspirational man.

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Meditation for Anxiety: Free Guided Meditation - About Meditation

Meditation for Anxiety: Free Guided Meditation - About Meditation | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
In this meditation for anxiety you will experience a state of deep relaxation, free from stress, and develop the inner tools to let go of anxiety.

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Here is a short video that might be helpful.

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Mindfulness, Values-based Leadership and the One Big Thing

Mindfulness, Values-based Leadership and the One Big Thing | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Connecting with myself to develop leadership capacity Sanne Reijenga reflects on the lessons learnt and insights gained from participating in the Integral Leader 2013 at the Leaders Institute of So...

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Being present begins with one's self and moves outward. The more we can attend to who we are and live with that, letting go as is necessary the more we can live and be in the world with others.

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Let Love Inspire Your Leadership - Forbes

Let Love Inspire Your Leadership - Forbes | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Let Love Inspire Your Leadership
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Because leading with love is a winning leadership and employee engagement strategy on many levels. Employer ...

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Robert Greenleaf suggested the passion we bring to our work extinguishes without compassion integrated. It is about being caring. In difficult times, this is even more important.

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What is mindfulness again, anyway?

What is mindfulness again, anyway? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
What is mindfulness? There are many definitions, but it's basic, really: mindfulness is, simply put, being fully present in the moment.

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Mindfulness is easy to describe retrospectively, but always hard to achieve. It is in more so in a high-based, hyper-connected world.

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Adopting a mindfulness practice is not about meditating for 20 minutes and then going about your life with the same thoughts and actions as before. Think about it...

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Meditation for Children: 7 Steps to Introduce Meditation in the Classroom - About Meditation

Meditation for Children: 7 Steps to Introduce Meditation in the Classroom - About Meditation | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Meditation for Children is a simple 7 step process to help you easily integrate mindfulness & meditation into the classroom or home.
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I think it is important for teachers and students to meditate, be mindful, and be present. Science shows the many benefits that come with it i.e. more productive, awareness, sympathy, etc.

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