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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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Can Meditation Answer Your Two Biggest Questions About Life?

Can Meditation Answer Your Two Biggest Questions About Life? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Who am I & why am I here? Many great souls have devoted their lives to these questions. Can Meditation help you find answers? Yes, it can.

Via Morgan Dix
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Who you are is a question we rarely deal with. I prefer the what question rather than why. What is my purpose in life? What makes me who I am? These are more revealing than circular why questions.

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The Latest Social Media Fad: “This.”

The Latest Social Media Fad: “This.” | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
I'm not very fashionable. I am, however, verbally fashionable. I notice and analyze language, its cadence and connotation, both spoken and written.
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Yes, we do need to pause, but it is not just the young people. I know one highly regarded blogger who is  not a young person. He is approaching 40 and I am not sure from what side. The only adjective he knows is 'amazing'. We all need to pause. Children to learn. Adults to set the right examples and be strong role models. When this was pointed out by me to this highly regarded educational blogger and advocate of change, he attempted to bully and threaten me electronically.

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How to Overcome Barriers to Forgiveness

How to Overcome Barriers to Forgiveness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
It's hard to let go of the suffering caused by someone else’s wrongdoing. What barriers stand in the way of forgiveness—and how can we overcome them?

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Forgiveness is hard work. Asking for forgiveness is the important party of beginning the hard work.

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How to meditate like a monk in 10 easy steps.

How to meditate like a monk in 10 easy steps. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
I always had trouble meditating--until I read a slim book that showed me the way. Here's the key in 10 easy steps.
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For teachers who might want to introduce students to meditation, this might be helpful. It is explained in very straightforward manner.

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You have nothing to prove: you are good enough

You have nothing to prove: you are good enough | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Know you are enough and don’t need anyone else to tell you that. It's only once you accept yourself that you’ll be free to live the life you've imagined.


Via Vilma Bonilla
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Letting go of comparing is an important part of accepting who we are in the world.

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"Know you are enough and don’t need anyone else to tell you that. It's only once you accept yourself that you’ll be free to live the life you've imagined."

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Forgive them even if they're not sorry..

Forgive them even if they're not sorry.. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Forgive them even if they're not sorry..


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Forgiveness is about giving our self freedom as much as it is forgiving the other person. We get to move on.

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Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness – MYINNERSPACEBLOG

Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness – MYINNERSPACEBLOG | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

“Before we can teach a kid how to academically excel in school, we need to teach him how to have stillness, pay attention, stay on task, regulate, make good choices,” said Larochette. “We tell kids be quiet, calm yourself down, be still. We tell them all these things they need in the classroom, but we’re not teaching them how to do that.”


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Mindfulness and meditation would benefit all students and teachers.

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elephant is dedicated to bringing together those working (and playing) to create enlightened society (one photo at a time).
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There are some excellent thoughts and images.

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The Culture of Tell: The art of asking instead of telling.

The Culture of Tell: The art of asking instead of telling. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

We take it for granted that telling is more valued than asking. 


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Asking questions and waiting for answers is incredibly challenging work. Too often, we lose sight of this in the busyness of work. I found it was important to ask, listen, wait, and create spaces for students. It was easy to tell them what good questions were, but modeling it was more important and hard work.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 7, 2014 9:25 AM

(From the article): Finally, nothing is more frustrating to listeners than to be told things or given advice that they already know and/ or have already thought of and dismissed as impractical. It makes you feel demeaned when you realize that the teller thinks you have not already thought of this yourself. But, paradoxically, telling is so ingrained that we don’t think about this issue when we are about to tell someone something. Before we give advice, do we really consider whether or not the person to whom we are telling this might have already thought of it? I suspect that we all do much more telling than we should. - See more at: http://leadingwithquestions.com/latest-news/the-culture-of-tell/#sthash.Sp4LUIaj.dpuf

David Hain's curator insight, May 7, 2014 12:27 PM

Pull beats push most of the time in managing relationships - seek first to understand!

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From the article {relevant in the light of the election climate we had recently):

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In presidential pre-election debates we only care who won and often base that decision not on who did the best analysis of the issues but who looked most presidential in front of the cameras and who turned the best phrase or made the most clever put-down. - See more at: http://leadingwithquestions.com/latest-news/the-culture-of-tell/#sthash.ds2ZHLSk.dpuf>>;
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Why Self-Care Isn't Selfish

Why Self-Care Isn't Selfish | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

I was at an event in San Francisco a few years ago and had the privilege of spending some time with Louise Hay, founder of Hay House and best-selling author of You Can Heal Your Life. Louise is


Via Vilma Bonilla
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When we take good care of our self, we extend ourselves to others we come in contact with. We are healthier and our relationships can be healthier.

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Why we will come to see mindfulness as mandatory

Why we will come to see mindfulness as mandatory | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Madeleine Bunting: This increasingly popular tool for calming the mind, once seen as a New Age fad, could play a role in hospitals and schools

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Mindfulness is important in living life, but it is cannot become artificial and technique-like.

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A More Mindful Workforce

A More Mindful Workforce | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
By Daniel Goleman Today's executives operate in an atmosphere of distraction more intense than ever. HR can help keep these workers focused, but in order to see solutions, they need to first analyze the problems.

Via Bobby Dillard
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We do have to be careful that the corporate bottom line does not become the focus. Mindfulness is about being a better person and helping create a better world. That might result in a better corporate bottom line, but that is not the objective.

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Be Here NOW – Getting Off Auto-Pilot Reprise

Be Here NOW – Getting Off Auto-Pilot Reprise | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.” ~ BUDDHA While the Buddha may have said that ov...


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Being present in the moment and listening closely to others is important in making them feel welcome and heard.

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, May 1, 2014 7:05 AM
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Sushma Sharma's curator insight, May 8, 2014 3:45 AM

Here and now is the only answer 

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Sun Tzu's 33 Best Pieces Of Leadership Advice - Forbes

Sun Tzu's 33 Best Pieces Of Leadership Advice - Forbes | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Sun Tzu's 33 Best Pieces Of Leadership Advice
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There was no greater war leader and strategist than Chinese military general Sun Tzu.

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I took a doctoral level course called the Tao of Leadership and it was an incredibly insightful course. I wrote a capstone paper about teaching as a spiritual calling and used Taoist philosophy to support my thinking.

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Darrington Lee's curator insight, March 7, 2015 10:38 PM

I think that leadership is important. One evidence is already in this news, where is it shown that leadership is taught so long time ago just because of its importance. In my opinion learning leadership is important as it prepare us for our adulthood, where more responsibility had to be taken with initiative. Leadership is also a gauge on how much have you grown intellectually, as showen from Sun Tzi's advices.

Choong Soo Mei's curator insight, March 7, 2015 11:57 PM

Good techniques for surviving life's evil challenges...

John Michel's curator insight, March 8, 2015 5:09 PM

There was no greater war leader and strategist than Chinese military general Sun Tzu.  His philosophy on how to be a great leader and ensure you win in work, management, and life is summed up in these 33 pieces of advice.  They can all be applied by you in your job when you go back to work next week:

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Ethics Isn't "Out There": It's Us And Our Choices

Ethics Isn't "Out There": It's Us And Our Choices | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Much attention is paid to the tactics of ethics – the ethics codes, compliance plans and such. We can easily begin to think that ethics is something we can see and touch. Something finite. Something written in stone. Something outside of ourselves.

But that’s not where ethics lives.


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Ethics is what we bring to the table and conversations that result. We respond in responsible ways. I was discussing this today about being a teacher. Pressed for time, teachers sometimes forget who they are, what they contribute to conversations, and the importance of setting an ethical example.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 21, 2014 11:20 AM

"Ethics is personal - it's about us and our choices" ~ Linda Fisher Thornton, @7Lenses

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, May 21, 2014 2:18 PM

Ethics is personal. It’s about us and our choices and our decisions and our behaviour... it's not something buried in the ethical codes or compliance plans...

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How Self-Acceptance Enables Us to Connect with Others and the Moment

How Self-Acceptance Enables Us to Connect with Others and the Moment | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

When I practice self-acceptance and allow myself to be less than perfect, I'm able to see that everything is just the way it needs to be, including me.


Via Vilma Bonilla
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Self-acceptance is important when we interact with others. Setting aside potential narcissism self-acceptance is the understanding of who we are and how that engages the world.

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, June 3, 2014 2:17 PM

Not an easy lesson to learn.

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12 Little Known Laws of Karma (That Will Change Your Life)

12 Little Known Laws of Karma (That Will Change Your Life) | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

What is Karma? Karma is the Sanskrit word for action. It is equivalent to Newton's law of ‘every action must…


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What goes around comes around. We create the world we live in and at the same time the world creates us. We are not separate, but are part of this world. This is what makes the role of School so interesting. It is as if we can separate teachers and students from life and it has no consequences.

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The Zen of Quantum Physics

The Zen of Quantum Physics | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The Zen of Quantum Physics | TruthTheory. Hat tip to 2012/11/8 by Robert Bonomo, Contributor Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated with two topics, Zen and quantum physics. Along the wa...
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Zen and Quantum physics are closely associated. Western spirituality struggled to see science as a way of explaining itself; whereas Eastern spirituality saw the two as entwined.

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Don’t mention meditation: Inside the health craze sweeping the financial sector

Don’t mention meditation: Inside the health craze sweeping the financial sector | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
It’s an awkward moment; after explaining that mindfulness techniques in the workplace have moved a long way from their Buddhist meditation roots, the instructor of our small introductory class rings a …

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Reading this article points out the way mindfulness and meditation would benefit teachers and students. Consider their role in handling stress and pressure in the classroom.

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Compassion Is...

Compassion Is... | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
What it means to be compassionate and why we should try to be it

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Compassion is hard work and complements passion. Without the two, teaching becomes technique and is about inputs and outputs. With them integrated, teaching is relational and moves beyond inputs and outputs.

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Sharrock's curator insight, May 14, 2014 3:15 PM

not just "everyone else" but "us" as well. 

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Mental Dental: 3 Things I Learned About Mindfulness While Having My Teeth Drilled – By Dana Malstaff

Mental Dental: 3 Things I Learned About Mindfulness While Having My Teeth Drilled – By Dana Malstaff | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Meditation is a great mindfulness practice. The idea is to learn to focus solely on the present by paying close attention to your breath. Well, the great thing about focus is that if you really focus on one thing, you can’t be focused on anything else, right? 


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Dentist chairs are not my favourite place, but, after I began meditating regularly, I found I was calmer in the chair. Students who struggle with their learning might be helped through meditation as well.

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12 Steps for Self Care - Otrazhenie

12 Steps for Self Care - Otrazhenie | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
THE END
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These twelve points are summarized in the final one.

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Self-care forms the foundation of personal leadership.  A wise summary here....

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If teachers had and took time for self-care, classrooms.would be transformed.

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The Goal of Education Is Becoming

The Goal of Education Is Becoming | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
For students to become the most capable people they can be, K-12 education must be more than just about "learning," writes Marc Prensky.

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In a sense education is a spiritual event. We are always being and becoming in the world. This connects us and we are trying to be a 'better' person. I don't see the current school model is serving the purpose and, in fact, see it as a barrier.

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Ways to stop negative thoughts from sabotaging our lives

Ways to stop negative thoughts from sabotaging our lives | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Which do you want first: the good news or the bad news?

I guess it’s conventional to share the not-so-good news with you first, so here it goes. I’d like to share a shocking statistic with you about something I read.

The National Science Foundation has recently discovered that we have between 30,000 and 70,000 thoughts in a day, and it has been estimated that the ratio of these thoughts which are negative could be somewhere between 60 to 80 percent.

Of course this figure depends very much on a person’s particular state of mind. I usually consider myself to be a particularly positive person but when I read these statistics, I was staggered.

What on earth are we thinking about?

Now I know that readers of this site are always in favor of tipping the scales towards the positive, so the good news is that there are plenty of ways for us to stay out of the negative thought zone. So without further ado, here are my top three:
1) Don’t Join The Conversation

This first tip sounds like I am suggesting we become somewhat antisocial, but what I am really suggesting is staying away from “toxic conversation content.”

Let me explain.

Have you ever noticed that when people you know get together in groups, the conversation often turns around to things such as bitching about the opposite sex, their job security and how much they hate the government?

Unfortunately, it’s such a common feature of our modern social life that we become oblivious after a while. But it’s funny how the words that other people speak on a regular basis have a tendency to find their way into our consciousness.

We all use conversation to satisfy some subconscious needs including looking for validation of our limiting beliefs, so it’s a good idea to be mindful of the conversations that are happening around us. You may need to distance yourself from some people. This may make you a little unpopular at first, but you’re not doing anyone any favors by joining in.

Offer something positive instead, or ask your friends (in a nice way) why we often choose to share negative news. You’ll find that it’s really only the hard cases that will react badly to your suggestion (and they probably annoy everybody anyway).
2) Re-frame any negative situations

Another way to stop negative thoughts from overtaking you is to use a technique I borrowed from NLP called reframing. It basically means finding a different context for a disappointing experience. Let’s consider the example of a breakup. When something like this happens—sure it’s bad but rather than reveling in the misery of it, we can choose to re-frame it.

Let me tell you something. I had a little breakup recently. Okay, it was only a little one, no drama, but I could have gone to pieces over it. But the way I looked at it was that it gave me time to re-group, get cracking on some of my projects and, most importantly, clear the air for other things to come along.

I always believe that when something like a relationship decides to leave my life, then it is really clearing the air for something better to come along or that I am one step closer to meeting my ideal mate. This process is called re-framing and it’s the best way to nip a negative thought in the bud before it becomes a big issue. Of course sometimes we want to feel sad for a couple of days, and it is okay to go with it, but we should make sure we observe what’s going on inside in order to get a better perspective.
3) Hold onto a positive thought for seventeen seconds

There’s a Law of Attraction guru out there called Esther Hicks who recommends this for being able to manifest things we desire. While I believe this is true, I also think it’s one of the best antidotes to negative thinking there is.

According to her, if you can hold a thought consistently for seventeen seconds, at that seventeen second point, another thought of the same vibrational frequency will join it.

Why?

Because these two thoughts are vibrationally the same and the longer you do this technique, the more positive thoughts you will create and this happens exponentially.

Now that’s quite a claim and if you are like me, you’re probably wondering how on earth they were able to discover this. But is it really important how? I have tried this exercise and I can tell you that when I finally achieved a 17-second thought, I felt supercharged with positive energy, so thinking positively just came naturally after that

So there you have it. Three effective strategies for preventing negative thoughts from sabotaging your life. Of course, there are others such as the Sedona technique, but these three are the ones I have always found to be the most effective.
Oh, and one more piece of advice:

Don’t stress about having a negative thought. It’s normal to think negative thoughts sometimes and that is Okay. You are human. Stressing about having negative thoughts will just lead to guess what? That’s right, more negative thoughts and these ones will be supercharged because stress is a low-energy vibration. Instead, acknowledge them and then try to move into a state of relaxation while you try one of the techniques mentioned above.

These techniques ought to nip those negative thoughts in the bud.


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A great place to begin is don't join the conversation.

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There are some great quotes involved.

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