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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.

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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."


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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

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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...

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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

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The four points provide excellent advice.

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Mindfulness: Think About It

Mindfulness: Think About It | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Can you go from minding to doing?

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When we understand mindfulness and meditative practices as strictly instrumental, it is fair to be skeptical. When we see meditation as the practice ground for living life, the two become inseparable. There is a validity in the idea that mindfulness and its practices can become the next fad. That is a real concern. It does not mean that we cannot use it to be better and make the world a better place by being more aware of who we are and what we do.

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craig daniels's curator insight, March 15, 9:46 AM

The article makes for a good read for those who seek to better understand or not understand mindfulness... The cartoon is for everyone who wonders about the time we spend being "mindless"

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Become A Mindful Leader: Slow Down To Move Faster - Forbes

Become A Mindful Leader: Slow Down To Move Faster - Forbes | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Become A Mindful Leader: Slow Down To Move Faster Forbes For business leaders, encouraging mindfulness is more than just being tuned in; it's a strategy to improve personal and company-wide performance and productivity, both of which support...

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Slowing down, being present, being aware are central. What we need to be cautious of is that mindfulness becomes a technique rather than a way of life which improves quality in the workplace and world.

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John Michel's curator insight, March 12, 8:00 PM

For business leaders, encouraging mindfulness is more than just being tuned in; it’s a strategy to improve personal and company-wide performance and productivity, both of which support overall organizational resilience.

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Be A Better You: Why Mindfulness Matters

Be A Better You: Why Mindfulness Matters | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

It’s a bit of a buzzword right now. Mindfulness, that is."


"What's mindfulness anyway? And, what can it do for you?"


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Neuroscience, Mindware and Influential Leadership

Neuroscience, Mindware and Influential Leadership | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Guest Post by Rebel Brown
Whether you’re a small business owner or an executive of a large corporation, you are leading humans and their minds. The two are inseparable. Did you know that the words man and mind come from the same Sanskrit root?
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It is not about leaving a legacy. It is about being on the path.

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How To Find Limitless Confidence Through Meditation

How To Find Limitless Confidence Through Meditation | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Meditation builds confidence through the art of letting everything go. Here are 3 key insights to help you build limitless confidence through meditation.
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Meditation, at its heart, provides clarity through regular practice.

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Developing Mindful Leaders

Developing Mindful Leaders | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Organizations invest billions annually on a success curriculum known as "leadership development," which ends up leaving so much on the table. Training and development programs almost universally fo...

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Mindfulness and being awake to the world are important leadership and followership qualities. It is about quality of life, instead of corporate bottom lines or distant outcomes in school. Being well and mindful allows those things to take care of themselves. We need to be and live in the present.

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David Ednie's curator insight, March 7, 10:54 AM

Developing people is a process - not an event.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, March 9, 6:36 AM

Developing Mindful Leaders

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Education Insider | Education Magazine | Education News | University News

Education Insider | Education Magazine | Education News | University News | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Read my article on emotional intelligence http://t.co/rGHzDH1mfN

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It is all about resiliency and persevering offsetting the many challenges involved in learning.

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, March 6, 5:32 PM

"Research conducted by Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence shows that students with higher emotional intelligence are better prepared to manage their emotional lives, so that they can focus, learn, and do their best in school."

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Developing mindfulness triggers

Developing mindfulness triggers | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Mindfulness triggers are Pavlovian responses that we consciously develop in order to remind ourselves to be aware.

Via craig daniels
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We need these in our daily lives to break out of the mindless auto pilot situations we end up in.

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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."


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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, 7:10 AM

(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, 12:46 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, 2:00 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..


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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, 5:46 AM

(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.


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Being present and aware are so important in life.

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Mindfulness Techniques: 5 Reasons You Should Try Mindful Exercise

Mindfulness Techniques: 5 Reasons You Should Try Mindful Exercise | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Mindfulness techniques are becoming popular and one of the more potent combinations for achieving deeper mindfulness is exercise and meditation.

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Mindfulness and meditative practice can fill many spots in daily life.

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Ellen Diane's curator insight, March 18, 4:16 AM

mind/body/spirit workout..... put your mind in the muscle for a better effect

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5 Ways Meditation Makes Us Kinder.

5 Ways Meditation Makes Us Kinder. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Meditation is paying attention to what is happening and it changes us because through it we widen our perspective from being me-centered to other-centered
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Meditation and mindfulness should make us better and, in turn, make the world a better place. Meditation should become part of all school staff meetings.

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Make Mindfulness work for you in the workplace | Telstra Exchange

Make Mindfulness work for you in the workplace | Telstra Exchange | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Author: Brendan O'Keefe. These days stress and anxiety are so commonplace we seem to accept them as just part of the deal. If you haven’t already explored mindfulness then it is about time you did.

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Mindfulness and meditation help with stress. Being present and letting go are essential to that.

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Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity

Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Over nearly four decades, Ellen Langer’s research on mindfulness has greatly influenced thinking across a range of fields, from behavioral economics to positive psychology. It reveals that by paying attention to what’s going on around us, instead of operating on auto-pilot, we can reduce stress, unlock creativity, and boost performance. Her “counterclockwise” experiments, for example, demonstrated that elderly men could improve their health by simply acting as if it were 20 years earlier. In this interview with senior editor Alison Beard, Langer applies her thinking to leadership and management in an age of increasing chaos.

HBR: Let’s start with the basics. What, exactly, is mindfulness? How do you define it?

Langer: Mindfulness is the process of actively noticing new things. When you do that, it puts you in the present. It makes you more sensitive to context and perspective. It’s the essence of engagement. And it’s energy-begetting, not energy-consuming. The mistake most people make is to assume it’s stressful and exhausting—all this thinking. But what’s stressful is all the mindless negative evaluations we make and the worry that we’ll find problems and not be able to solve them.

We all seek stability. We want to hold things still, thinking that if we do, we can control them. But since everything is always changing, that doesn’t work.

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Ellen Langer's work has been and continues to be cutting edge. Her book Mindfulness is a great and easy read on a complex subject. She devoted some of the book to education and thoughts on bringing mindfulness, in a secular way, into learning and teaching.

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Mass online meditation lets you zone out in cyberspace - The Conversation

Mass online meditation lets you zone out in cyberspace - The Conversation | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Mass online meditation lets you zone out in cyberspace
The Conversation
... with a meditation session. And Google has been offering its employees “Search Inside Yourself”, a mindfulness meditation course, since 2007.
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This is an interesting concept.

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Developing Mindful Leaders for the C-Suite

Developing Mindful Leaders for the C-Suite | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Focus, clarity, creativity, compassion, and courage. These are the qualities of the mindful leaders. They are also the qualities that give today’s best leaders the resilience to cope with the many challenges coming their way and the resolve to sustain long-term success.

 

The real point of leverage — which though it sounds simple, many executives never discover — is the ability to think clearly and to focus on the most important opportunities.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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It concerns me when we see mindfulness as a "real point of leverage". That diminishes the meditative purpose underlying it and shifts it to a calculative way of thinking. Don't we already have enough of the latter and not enough of the former?

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Peace Overtures's curator insight, March 11, 6:36 AM

The important thing is to have a regular introspective practice that takes you away from your daily routines and enables you to reflect on your work and your life — to really focus on what is truly important to you. By doing so, you will not only be more successful, you will be happier and more fulfilled in the long run.

Chris Shern's curator insight, March 12, 3:08 AM

Things are not changing as fast as the world around and within business. There are still far too many managers in a world with an increasing need for mindful leaders.

Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, March 12, 5:48 AM

YES!

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Students' own low expectations can reinforce their disadvantage

Students' own low expectations can reinforce their disadvantage | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The Conversation is running a series, Class in Australia, to identify, illuminate and debate its many manifestations. Here, Nicholas Biddle outlines how students' low aspirations can lead to poor outcomes…

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Self-efficacy is important in helping students overcome learning challenges.

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, March 4, 11:24 PM

As teachers we need to create the norm for high expectations for all our students until it becomes the norm

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Don’t Try Too Hard: The Art of Wu-Wei

Don’t Try Too Hard: The Art of Wu-Wei | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Employing the ancient Chinese art of wu-wei is now being touted by modern science as a way to enrich life.


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When we push hard, we tend to miss the point and miss what is happening. We lose site of the forest for the trees and perhaps the other way around, as well.

 

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Morgan Dix's curator insight, March 5, 6:53 AM
Ingenious game to measure meditation and mindfulness.