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Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves.
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quoteflections: The Art of Living

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The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion.
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Tame Your Lizard Brain: A Mindfulness Checklist

When our lizard brain takes over we can't think or act rationally. Use this mindfulness checklist to minimize lizard time.
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Cultivating a Spiritual Response to Presidential Politics - Patheos

Cultivating a Spiritual Response to Presidential Politics - Patheos | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it
Cultivating a Spiritual Response to Presidential PoliticsPatheosA tough question, this one. Certainly there are a number of responses that are not particularly spiritual, as tempting as they might be.
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Bullying Prevention Needs to Start Before Kindergarten - New Parent (blog)

Bullying Prevention Needs to Start Before Kindergarten - New Parent (blog) | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it
Bullying Prevention Needs to Start Before KindergartenNew Parent (blog)Teaching younger children about bullying prevention, as well as about the social/emotional skills is crucial to the development of “emotional intelligence,” which lays a foundation...
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The Habit of Starting

The Habit of Starting | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it
Originally posted in ZenHabits.Net by Leo Baubata The biggest reason people fail at creating and sticking to new habits is that they don’t keep doing it. That seems obvious: if you don’t keep doing...
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The Art of Living in Ecstasy « Life is Mysterious

Allen Klein presents a compendium of advice and plain common sense comprising a guide to good cheer. This wonderful collection of quips, quotes and instruction comes from a variety of people and from all eras of history.
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Dalai Lama to Boston Crowd: 'We Need an Education in Human Compassion' - Boston magazine's Boston Daily (blog)

Dalai Lama to Boston Crowd: 'We Need an Education in Human Compassion'Boston magazine's Boston Daily (blog)Dalai Lama: 'We Need an Education in Human Compassion.' Sunday's speech in Boston marked the first of a three-day event in Massachusetts, where...
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Compassion for Pakistan - New York Times

Compassion for PakistanNew York TimesWe need to change the lens through which we view Pakistan from one of conflict to one of compassion.
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Where Mindfulness Fails - PsychCentral.com (blog)

Where Mindfulness Fails - PsychCentral.com (blog) | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it
PsychCentral.com (blog)Where Mindfulness FailsPsychCentral.com (blog)Over cups of coffee a few days ago, my friend Larry Berkelhammer and I discussed mindfulness meditation.
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Mindful eating: listening to what food is telling us - Allentown Morning Call

Mindful eating: listening to what food is telling us - Allentown Morning Call | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it
Allentown Morning CallMindful eating: listening to what food is telling usAllentown Morning CallIf you're among those eaters who prefer not to think about what you're putting in your mouth, consider this: You might be hurting yourself with your...
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What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other

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Here’s my invitation to you: Let’s take a month and intentionally notice those we would normally not see. Let’s interrupt old patterns of not looking into the eyes of “those people”—whoever they are to you.
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SELF-AWARENESS: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

http://JohnMaxwellTeam.com - Join the John Maxwell Team, receive free daily coaching videos from John C. Maxwell. John is an internationally recognized leade...
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Mindfulness Exercises For Kids

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Teach your kids mindfulness without boring them to bits. Use these great mindfulness exercises for kids to get you started.
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A Work Life Fit for Everyone » The Glass Hammer

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According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), work life fit, once and for all, can no longer be considered an issue that only concerns women. In fact, the survey ...
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Can You Spare Some Compassion? - Huffington Post

Can You Spare Some Compassion? - Huffington Post | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it
Can You Spare Some Compassion?Huffington PostI walked through the streets of New York City where incessant noises stand as the backdrop of everything that occurs. "You don't know what it's like to be homeless!
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Leadership Tools & Resources via pinterest

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Passion and curiosity.  Great leaedership traits.


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Four Deep Thoughts About Fall (that kept me up last night) | The Self ...

Four Deep Thoughts About Fall (that kept me up last night) | The Self ... | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it
The trees are so beautiful that sometimes they overwhelm me. But I remember a time when I couldn't see them or chose not to see them. When I was young and constantly listening to my walkman, my parents would point out ...
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BRAC Blog: The importance of empathy: Five questions on ...

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But empathy is also increasingly seen as a skill that is crucial to a wider and wider array of jobs, including many that don't exist yet. That's why, for example, Ashoka Changemakers ran a competition this summer on best ...
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Weekend Aurora Gives Time for 'Reflection'

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The Northern Lights over Kilmany, Scotland reflect in a body of water. Credit: Corinne Mills Wow, what a gorgeous view of the aurora in Scotland over the weekend, taken by astrophotographer Corine Mills!
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One woman's vision turns into 'Compassion it' company - Southwest Riverside News Network

One woman's vision turns into 'Compassion it' company - Southwest Riverside News Network | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it
One woman's vision turns into 'Compassion it' companySouthwest Riverside News NetworkThe group got busy and came up with a business plan and merchandise that included reversible bracelets, T-shirts, bumper stickers and magnets with the words...
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Happiness: Study Suggests Well-Being, Or Lack Of It, Can Predict Illness and ... - Huffington Post

Happiness: Study Suggests Well-Being, Or Lack Of It, Can Predict Illness and ... - Huffington Post | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it
Happiness: Study Suggests Well-Being, Or Lack Of It, Can Predict Illness and ...Huffington PostThe storyteller Hans Christian Andersen once wrote, “Enjoy life.
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New website tracks kids' well-being - Houma Courier

New website tracks kids' well-being - Houma Courier | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it
New website tracks kids' well-beingHouma CourierA new website allows people to track multiple statistics on the overall well-being of kids in the state, including immunization rates, childhood obesity, educational progress and child poverty.
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If You're Too Busy to Meditate, Read This

If You're Too Busy to Meditate, Read This | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it
Doing nothing for 20 minutes a day actually increases your productivity.

 

This morning, like every morning, I sat cross-legged on a cushion on the floor, rested my hands on my knees, closed my eyes, and did nothing but breathe for 20 minutes.

 

People say the hardest part about meditating is finding the time to meditate. This makes sense: who these days has time to do nothing? It's hard to justify.

 

Meditation brings many benefits: It refreshes us, helps us settle into what's happening now, makes us wiser and gentler, helps us cope in a world that overloads us with information and communication, and more. But if you're still looking for a business case to justify spending time meditating, try this one: Meditation makes you more productive.

 

How? By increasing your capacity to resist distracting urges.

Research shows that an ability to resist urges will improve your relationships, increase your dependability, and raise your performance. If you can resist your urges, you can make better, more thoughtful decisions. You can be more intentional about what you say and how you say it. You can think about the outcome of your actions before following through on them.

 

Our ability to resist an impulse determines our success in learning a new behavior or changing an old habit. It's probably the single most important skill for our growth and development.

As it turns out, that's one of the things meditation teaches us. It's also one of the hardest to learn.

 

When I sat down to meditate this morning, relaxing a little more with each out-breath, I was successful in letting all my concerns drift away. My mind was truly empty of everything that had concerned it before I sat. Everything except the flow of my breath. My body felt blissful and I was at peace.

 

For about four seconds.

 

Within a breath or two of emptying my mind, thoughts came flooding in — nature abhors a vacuum. I felt an itch on my face and wanted to scratch it. A great title for my next book popped into my head and I wanted to write it down before I forgot it. I thought of at least four phone calls I wanted to make and one difficult conversation I was going to have later that day. I became anxious, knowing I only had a few hours of writing time. What was I doing just sitting here? I wanted to open my eyes and look at how much time was left on my countdown timer. I heard my kids fighting in the other room and wanted to intervene.

 

Here's the key though: I wanted to do all those things, but I didn't do them. Instead, every time I had one of those thoughts, I brought my attention back to my breath.

 

Sometimes, not following through on something you want to do is a problem, like not writing that proposal you've been procrastinating on or not having that difficult conversation you've been avoiding.

But other times, the problem is that you do follow through on something you don't want to do. Like speaking instead of listening or playing politics instead of rising above them.

 

Meditation teaches us to resist the urge of that counterproductive follow through.

 

And while I've often noted that it's easier and more reliable to create an environment that supports your goals than it is to depend on willpower, sometimes, we do need to rely on plain, old-fashioned, self-control.

 

For example, when an employee makes a mistake and you want to yell at him even though you know that it's better — for him and for the morale of the group — to ask some questions and discuss it gently and rationally. Or when you want to blurt something out in a meeting but know you'd be better off listening. Or when you want to buy or sell a stock based on your emotions when the fundamentals and your research suggest a different action. Or when you want to check email every three minutes instead of focusing on the task at hand.

 

Meditating daily will strengthen your willpower muscle. Your urges won't disappear, but you will be better equipped to manage them. And you will have experience that proves to you that the urge is only a suggestion. You are in control.

 

Does that mean you never follow an urge? Of course not. Urges hold useful information. If you're hungry, it may be a good indication that you need to eat. But it also may be an indication that you're bored or struggling with a difficult piece of work. Meditation gives you practice having power over your urges so you can make intentional choices about which to follow and which to let pass.

 

So how do you do it? If you're just starting, keep it very simple.

 

Sit with your back straight enough that your breathing is comfortable — on a chair or a cushion on the floor — and set a timer for however many minutes you want to meditate. Once you start the timer, close your eyes, relax, and don't move except to breathe, until the timer goes off. Focus on your breath going in and out. Every time you have a thought or an urge, notice it and bring yourself back to your breath.

 

That's it. Simple but challenging. Try it — today — for five minutes.

 

And then try it again tomorrow.

 

This morning, after my meditation, I went to my home office to start writing. A few minutes later, Sophia, my seven-year-old, came in and told me the kitchen was flooded. Apparently Daniel, my five-year-old, filled a glass of water and neglected to turn off the tap. Oops.

In that moment, I wanted to scream at both Daniel and Sophia. But my practice countered that urge. I took a breath.

 

Then, together, we went into action mode. We got every towel in the house — and a couple of blankets — and mopped it all up, laughing the whole time. When we were done soaking up the water, we talked about what happened. Finally, we all walked together to our downstairs neighbors and took responsibility for the flood, apologized, and asked if we could help them clean up the mess.

 

After that, I had lost an hour of writing. If I was going to meet my deadline, I needed to be super-productive. So I ate a quick snack and then ignored every distracting urge I had for two hours — no email, no phone calls, no cute Youtube videos — until I finished my piece, which I did with 30 minutes to spare.

 

Who says meditation is a waste of time?


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Hope, Wisdom, Law, Ethics, and Spirituality in relation to Killing and Dying ... - Foreign Policy Journal

Hope, Wisdom, Law, Ethics, and Spirituality in relation to Killing and Dying ...Foreign Policy JournalWith hope we can often overcome uncertainty with desire, and engage in struggles for a just and sustainable future that celebrates human potential...
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