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3 Easy Ways To Relax In 10 Minutes Or Less

3 Easy Ways To Relax In 10 Minutes Or Less | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

“The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.”


Via American Institute Health Care Professionals, Greg Hill
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Three short and easy ideas which can be easily used.

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The One Easy Daily Habit That Makes Life More Awesome

The One Easy Daily Habit That Makes Life More Awesome | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Life happens whether we are mindful of it or not. So start a journal remember the moments that you never want to forget and improve well just about... ("Pursuing pleasure is a worthy goal.

Via Lynnette Van Dyke
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To be present is a gift.

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Five Life Lessons from the past year – and here is hoping that I learned them well – Happy in The Now

Five Life Lessons from the past year – and here is hoping that I learned them well – Happy in The Now | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come...

Via Suchitra Mishra, Bobby Dillard
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I agree that miracles do happen. One has to be awake enough to recognize them as miracles.

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Suchitra Mishra's curator insight, October 25, 2013 12:06 PM

Sometimes the greatest wisdom is hidden in the simplest of things. The thoughts here may seem like a bunch of platitudes but in the past year, I had some Eureka moments which taught me the meaning behind these platitudes. What common wisdom triggered an uncommon moment for you in the past year? What lesson did life teach YOU that you hope you have learned well? I would love to share in your experiences.

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How Soft Skills, Passion and Connection Can Promote Learning, Competence and Employability

How Soft Skills, Passion and Connection Can Promote Learning, Competence and Employability | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Schools traditionally place the majority of value on the academic skills students acquire in school.

Via Nancy Jones
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We need compassion to go with the passion.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, October 24, 2013 12:56 PM

A very interesting perspective on what we teach and do not teach in the classroom in terms of promoting competence. It is much more than merely academics.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, October 24, 2013 12:57 PM

A very interesting perspective on what we teach and do not teach in the classroom in terms of promoting competence. It is much more than merely academics.

Sharrock's curator insight, October 25, 2013 2:58 PM

more on bedside manner or compassion promoting education and learning.

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4 Important Things About Mindfulness You Didn't Realize

4 Important Things About Mindfulness You Didn't Realize | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
It's not all like one big mental trip man. There are good and productive reasons for attaining mindfulness.

Via Anne Leong
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Mindfulness is incredibly important in a hectic world. It is a survival skill or a set of skills.

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, October 25, 2013 8:44 AM

We can't directly control our mind's waves of negative feelings.  And blocking or ignoring them does not eliminate them; it amplifies them.  Emotional Agility is the key.

 

What is Emotional Agility?  When you're mindful about a pattern of thought without engaging or repressing that thought, you are acting with emotional agility. 

 

The actual practice of emotional agility comes in four steps:

 

(1) Recognize your pattens, noticing when you're getting hooked by emotions.

(2) Label things for what they are: A thought as a thought; an emotion as an emotion.

(3) Accept the things that are happening in your mind.

(4) Act on something that is constant -- your values.

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Stop Assuming the Worst: Your Thoughts Shape Your Reality

Stop Assuming the Worst: Your Thoughts Shape Your Reality | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

We can learn to reprogram our subconscious mind. We can deactivate the programs that lead to unhappiness and replace them with uplifting thoughts of love.


Via Vilma Bonilla
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We are what we think and need to life the subconscious into view for mindful attention to it.

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, October 18, 2013 4:03 PM

"We can learn to reprogram our subconscious mind.." All you need is love and loving thoughts. Stop "killing the moon" as my son says. We cause ouselves so much agravation by wallowing in negativity and verbalizing so-called "mood killiers." Just live. Enjoy life. Stay positive. Be happy. ~ V.B.

The BioSync Team's curator insight, October 24, 2013 4:47 PM


Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.

—Buddha


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How does mindfulness improve self-control?

How does mindfulness improve self-control? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

"In this model, mindfulness is defined as a moment-by-moment observing of impermanence, suffering, and not-self. In other words, mindfulness involves noticing the impermanence of sensations and feeling tones, the suffering caused by habitual desire or aversion, and the idea that none of the sensations, desires, or aversions create the self. Thus observing can break the chain of thought, the habit, and eventually, the suffering."


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Science is catching up to what wisdom has been able to describe for a long time.

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craig daniels's curator insight, August 20, 2013 11:47 AM

Have you ever wondered where your suffering comes from? Ever wondered why fear and anxiety just seem to come out of the blue?

sfMediaProf's curator insight, October 3, 2013 9:20 PM

"Mindfulness" is considered a method to counter the effects of "multi-tasking" . . . and helpful for a successful "digital detox."

 

And, judging by the photo -- also helps you eat only a plate of chocolate chip cookies ...

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What Does It Mean to Really Listen?

What Does It Mean to Really Listen? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
I believe that the ability to truly listen is one of the most important skills we can develop in this life—as leaders, as husbands and wives, as friends and coworkers. Here’s a question I have aske...

Via Kevin Watson, Jenny Ebermann, Cruise Line Class
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Listening and prayer share etymological roots. Deep listening is a quality of a servant-leader and mindful leadership.

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, October 9, 2013 12:48 PM

Mindful listening is indeed crucial!

John Michel's curator insight, October 9, 2013 1:43 PM

True listeners look beyond the words themselves—they search for meaning in the speaker’s tone and body language. This is especially important when the communication has an emotional component.

Estelblau's curator insight, October 9, 2013 2:57 PM

How do interpreters really listen? What do you think about it?

 

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Exploring Gadamer’s Truth and Method: The Ontology of the Work of Art and Its Hermeneutic Significance

Exploring Gadamer’s Truth and Method: The Ontology of the Work of Art and Its Hermeneutic Significance | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
This article is part two of a series of articles I am writing about Gadamer's Truth and Method. If you have not read it already, you may wish to read part one first: Exploring Gadamer’s Truth and M...

Via Rachel Lovie
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This is such a serendipitous moment. I am using Truth and Method as one of the cornerstones of my dissertation. This morning was spent applying Bildung, as a concept, to education.

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Can we teach kindness?

Can we teach kindness? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Would you give up your seat to someone unable to stand? We may say we would, but we don't always. Is this just human nature, or can we be taught to be kind?

Via Anne Leong
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I don't know that kindness can be taught in the strictest sense, but it can be learned and modelled.

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Four Ways to Build Influential Connection

Four Ways to Build Influential Connection | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Intimidation requires position or perceived power but influence is a function of connection. Distance and threat are the tools of bullies. Intimidators reach down from power towers and squeeze peon...


Via Therese Matthys
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The four makes sense. The point about bullies using distance as a 'shield' is interesting.

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Mike Collins's curator insight, October 14, 2013 3:59 AM

The days of intimidators are numbered and I for one can't wait until their kind are a distance memory. In order for this to happen though we need to create, develop, support a new sort of of leader...are you ready?

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The Role of Self-Esteem in Respect and Leadership

The Role of Self-Esteem in Respect and Leadership | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Self-esteem is essential in respect, and respect is an essential leadership principle. Leaders need to embrace respect and build self-esteem.

Via Anne Leong
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Respect and trust work hand in hand.

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Leaders, Drop Your Masks

Leaders, Drop Your Masks | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Authenticity requires you to be vulnerable.

Via David Hain
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One has to reveal who one is in the real world and increasingly, I hope, in the virtual world.

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 9, 2013 8:50 AM

(From the article) : There two main ways in which leaders wear masks. Some conceal their perceived inadequacies and flaws behind the polished facade we have come to expect of “great” leaders, a bit like the Phantom from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic musical The Phantom of the Opera. Others take on a new persona at work that they feel is necessary for success, much like Jim Carrey’s character Stanley Ipkiss in the movie The Mask, who transforms into a flamboyant green superhero. Both types of mask undermine trust and effectiveness. They also create inner conflict, as leaders struggle to align their work and home lives. 

donhornsby's curator insight, October 9, 2013 8:51 AM

(From the article): There two main ways in which leaders wear masks. Some conceal their perceived inadequacies and flaws behind the polished facade we have come to expect of “great” leaders, a bit like the Phantom from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic musical The Phantom of the Opera. Others take on a new persona at work that they feel is necessary for success, much like Jim Carrey’s character Stanley Ipkiss in the movie The Mask, who transforms into a flamboyant green superhero. Both types of mask undermine trust and effectiveness. They also create inner conflict, as leaders struggle to align their work and home lives. 

Annette Swann's curator insight, October 9, 2013 4:43 PM

Great, fun video included in the article

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5 Gut Instincts You Don’t Want to Ignore

5 Gut Instincts You Don’t Want to Ignore | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Instincts are not some weird mystical power that are only found in the animal kingdom.

 

Gut instincts are degind as: an innate, typically fixed pattern of behaviour in animals in response to certain stimuli.

 

We are born with instincts to help us survive.  As much as we may pretend we are not, we are very much animals; why do we try to deny this?

 

That is not to say that we aren’t incredibly smart or that we aren’t capable of complex thinking. But even though we are very intelligent, our minds are also very clever and like to try to trick us.

 

Instinctually we know when to run from predators; when we are babies, we know how to feed from our mothers and we know when something just feels ‘off’. The problem is when our sixth sense shouts a warning, we stall and we think.


Via The Learning Factor
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Good leadership is about being present and have a great sense of intuition to work with what is known and unknown.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 13, 2013 6:04 PM

Let's try to find our way back to our basic instincts; here are just a few punches in the gut we shouldn't ignore.

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Reflections on mindfulness and heartfulness - Free Mindfulness

Reflections on mindfulness and heartfulness - Free Mindfulness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

We were reminded by several speakers that although we use the term mindfulness in English, it could just as easily be translated as heartfulness.  While this was brought to our attention conceptually, what I took most from my experience at the conference was the felt sense of openness and compassion from those who presented and the attendees who I had the pleasure to meet. Compassion, or indeed heartfulness, was communicated most powerfully through being in their presence.


Via Bobby Dillard
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Being present is an incredible demonstration of compassion.

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Why Do Humans Meditate?

Why Do Humans Meditate? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Meditation is essentially the quest for understanding and meaning. It’s a way for humans to find their place both in a cultural and cosmical context.


Via The BioSync Team, Bobby Dillard
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I meditate because it creates a space where things are welcome to enter that in the busyness of my life I don't provide that opportunity.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, October 23, 2013 10:40 AM


When we look backward at the patterns of our thoughts, we can sometimes observe and identify the deceptions created by our self-images. We can learn to see through the mind’s posturings and pretenses and through all our explanations and excuses. We can realize we are still just playing games and are far from genuine self-knowledge.

— Tarthang Tulku


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Shri Ram Heritage's curator insight, November 17, 2013 2:45 AM

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Leadership Consciousness - Forbes

Leadership Consciousness - Forbes | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Leadership Consciousness
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For almost twenty years, my work has given me the opportunity to help people who want to live and lead at a higher level.

Via Roy Sheneman, PhD
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A life of purpose and values; who would have thuoght?

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Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, October 23, 2013 9:07 PM

At what level are you ? Do you living your life or leading it ?

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How to Meditate: A Beginner's Guide

How to Meditate: A Beginner's Guide | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The in's and out's of meditation — what it is, why it's used, and the many benefits you can get from practicing it.

 

The word meditation can immediately conjure images of Buddhist monks in saffron robes or new-age beatniks in clouds of incense — which isn’t necessarily untrue. But meditation isn’t about religion per se, or even spirituality, really.


Via PAT NOVAK, Ron Wagner, The BioSync Team, Les Howard, Jenny Ebermann
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This is an important life skill whoever you are.

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Cristina Spiegel's curator insight, October 11, 2013 10:41 AM

Best way to get focused.

The BioSync Team's curator insight, October 20, 2013 3:59 PM

Meditation is about training your brain to bring your thoughts and feelings into awareness; it’s about examining who you are and your place in the world; it teaches you to appreciate every moment for what it is.

—Perry Santanachote


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Determining Your Net Worth

Determining Your Net Worth | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
During our home selling efforts, Len and I took the opportunity to review our net worth. Anemic by many people’s standards, we’re glad our “portfolio” isn’t made up of finances alone. We enjoy a di...

Via Laurie Buchanan, PhD
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There are many things on the non-financial side of the ledger.

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Building a Leadership Legacy

Building a Leadership Legacy | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
To build a leadership legacy we have a responsibility to realize we won’t be around forever. It is our responsibility to prepare someone to take our place.

Via Kevin Watson, donhornsby, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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Do we build a legacy? I think it emerges and others interpret what is there. Despite the title, this article speaks to the same point.

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 14, 2013 10:18 AM

When we leave, whether by retirement, resignation, or promotion, it is our responsibility to have prepared someone to take our place. Besides the fact that an employer will feel a lot better about promoting you if they know there is someone competent and ready to take your place, training a successor also cements your legacy as a leader. I first learned this lesson in the Army.

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Leading with Moral Courage - General Leadership

Leading with Moral Courage - General Leadership | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Explore with our author, General Jamerson, how leaders can exercise true moral courage, and develop the trust of their team to lead with moral courage.

Via John Michel, Bobby Dillard
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Moral courage is something that is increasingly in demand.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:06 PM

A superb article from one of the Air Forces's most successful leaders. Enjoy! 

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8 Ways to Build Trust in the Workplace (Infographic)

8 Ways to Build Trust in the Workplace (Infographic) | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A successful employer-employee relationship depends on trust. Here’s how you can build it.

Via Sandra Brevett
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We want to feel we belong and are appreciated.

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Trust: The Currency Of Leadership

Trust: The Currency Of Leadership | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The other day, a colleague invited me to teach a session in a leadership development program he was running for 30 senior executives from one of our client organizations.  He launched the session with a provocative question: Who are three people you...

Via Chad Manske, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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It is and has been since the dawn of civilizations.

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Chad Manske's curator insight, September 23, 2013 12:22 PM

OUTSTANDING piece on trust as a commodity in your workplace.  This piece turns typical articles on the subject on its side by examining who the most trustworthy people in your life are.  Unsurprisingly, most pick family despite spending the majority of their waking hours at work where they depend on their livelihood!  The author then goes into the question of how leaders can best earn the trust of their subordinates.  While the answer differs according to context, he has generally observed that leadership trust is a combination of six factors: Commitment, Character, Competence, Consistency, Caring, and Centricity.  

Robert Avsec's curator insight, September 24, 2013 11:55 AM

No matter how "you slice it" trust is the most valuable commodity that any leader can possess in their quest to lead people to great results.  This article points that out in many ways.

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9 Yoga Poses You Can Do In Your Bed

9 Yoga Poses You Can Do In Your Bed | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Good news for yogis and sleep-enthusiasts alike: You can take your practice to bed.

Via Bobby Dillard, Jenny Ebermann
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It will fit with my slotha yoga work each day.

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, October 8, 2013 3:31 PM

If it's already  evening for you: have a read! :-)

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Vision - A Lot More Than Words

Vision - A Lot More Than Words | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
One of the never-ending responsibilities of a leader is to remind people what we’re trying to accomplish and why it matters. This is the essence of vision casting. Unfortunately, most leaders under communicate their preferred picture of the future.

Via John Lasschuit ®™
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Frequently, visions are just the tyranny of the minority and are not well received because they do not bring about changed behaviour.

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John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, October 8, 2013 11:14 AM

Nice blog from Mark Miller

What a #leader says, about vision or anything else, really does matter.