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Mindfulness Based Leadership
Drawing on the ancient tradition of the bodhisattva warrior, MBL develops the leadership capacity of allowing inner wisdom to emerge.
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Nine Essential Qualities of Mindfulness

Nine Essential Qualities of Mindfulness | Mindfulness Based Leadership | Scoop.it
Learn how to say "yes" to the present moment.
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Greenberg provides basic concepts of mindfulness. A mindfulness practice fosters a deeper connection to self and grounds your very being in the present moment. In the Christian tradition centering prayer opens oneself to the presence of God within and deeply into the experience of the sacrament of the present moment. Learning to say 'Yes!' is an invitation to living beyond words, emotions, and thoughts and leading from within. 

ozziegontang's curator insight, June 20, 2013 12:42 PM

No need to add.. Read Annette Schmeling's insight. For those that have read Melanie's blog post, it is a good reminder and also a good piece to share with others inquiring about Mindfulness.

Thomas Aquinas said when asked how do you explain the world. Explain the world in terms of God.  The follow on question flowed quite naturally: How do  you explain God.  He said: You explain God in terms of complete and absolute Mystery.

Lee Thayer's next book in process is on Mental Hygiene. All that we address and talk about are human explanations and interpretations. What we speak of as reality is something that we will never know as it is always seen through the eyes of the beholder.

We say: I learn from my experience. What we mean is: I learn from my interpretations of my experience. I realize I may have the same  near death experience as you and our interpretations of that experience may be polar opposite.

Peter L Wiltshire's curator insight, August 22, 2013 8:23 AM

Mindfulness is a way of being present to yourself and the present moment. It is also a process of becoming your true self.

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Part 2: Peter Senge on contemplation and organzational wellbeing, Garrison Institute, July 2009

Part 2 of 2. Peter Senge speaks on his personal exposure and ongoing exploration of contemplation. He explains how meditation practice helps him find stabili...
Annette Schmeling's insight:

Presence to ourselves and to one another emerges from contemplative practice and presence is the essence of organizational wellbeing. 

ozziegontang's curator insight, March 3, 2013 5:58 PM

I have a cohort of friends who are truly collaborative.  We share and contribute and act as eyes for each other in areas that each is interested and passionate about and that overlap with mutual areas of interest.

Randy Bauer's comment, April 17, 2013 12:33 AM
I like Your info +Ozzie Gontang Ph.D. will continue to keep an ear to the wall. thanks, +Randy Bauer
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The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self Compassion: Kristin Neff at TEDxCentennialParkWomen

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TED...
Annette Schmeling's insight:

Your specialness is in being absolutely ordinary. We don't always see that our strong opinions, needs, preferences and demands lead us to self-indulgence. Mindfulness enables us to live in the present moment and to discover our nature to be compassionate. 

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Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership

Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership | Mindfulness Based Leadership | Scoop.it


The Drucker School of Management and Wharton Business School both offer courses in mindfulness meditation. Virginia Tech is sponsoring "contemplative practices for a technological society," a conference for engineers who integrate contemplative disciplines into their work. Google offers courses in meditation and yoga


Aetna, Merck, General Mills--the list goes on--all are exploring how meditation can help their leaders and employees agilely thrive in today's fast-paced business environment. And the benefits are widely publicized: sustained attention span, improved multi-tasking abilities, strengthened immune system, increased emotional intelligence, improved listening skills...And there is science behind such claims.

Via Pamir Kiciman, The BioSync Team
Jem Muldoon's curator insight, February 15, 2013 4:15 PM

When top business schools highlight the importance of mindfulness with courses for future leaders, we now have precedence for including it in educational leadership training.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 15, 2013 7:01 PM

I like the ideas that mindfulness is combined with Peter Drucker's work and that large companies are looking at meditation as something that will benefit employees.

Lauran Star's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:43 AM

What really happens when we meditate? How can such a simple act of sitting still actually cultivate agile, talented leaders? Read this article to learn more.

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

4 scientific studies on how meditation can affect your heart and brain | Mindfulness Based Leadership | Scoop.it
Many people have tried to sell me on meditating. Sometimes I try it, and have a refreshing experience. But usually not.
Annette Schmeling's curator insight, January 27, 2013 12:37 PM

Radiating a convincing presence, like Andy has in this video, communicates having deep and passionate convictions. Real presence is not a superficial facade or manipulated image; it is an expression of his authentic being. How can you help but notice his assuredness and his character. 


Mindfulness or contemplation over time will reveal the true character of a person. 


"...we are called to stop, to choose silence and to open and let ourselves be opened to our inner depths where the Spirit of God allows us to feel, see and understand life and reality with God's heart.... Then in the secret place of the heart the Spirit gradually transforms our feelings and responses, and draws us into an intimate relationship with God." (#RSCJ2008Chapter)

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Teaching Meditation Techniques to Organizations

Teaching Meditation Techniques to Organizations | Mindfulness Based Leadership | Scoop.it
The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society is aiming to show how meditation techniques can bolster productivity and creativity in organizations.

Via ozziegontang
Annette Schmeling's insight:

Happiness Trap! The practice of meditation in the business world is increasingly moving from the fringe to the mainstream. 


"Neuroscientists have confirmed much of what we were experiencing: that meditation improves attention, reduces stress hormones, increases appreciation and compassion for others and helps us recover faster from negative information."


When is more better than enough?

ozziegontang's curator insight, January 10, 2013 3:39 AM

"After thorough observation, investigation, analysis and reflection, when you find that anything agrees with reason and your experience, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, and of the world at large; accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it; and live up to it."


These words, the Buddha went on to say, must be applied to his own teachings.


As Maribai Bush is showing, it is about the practice. At the end of the article she shares:  "It turns out that people work better when they are happy and feel aligned with their work. I know I do. "


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Leaders: Look Up and Engage with Mindfulness — Break The Frame

Leaders: Look Up and Engage with Mindfulness — Break The Frame | Mindfulness Based Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership mindfulness is cultivating an appreciation for the present moment and accepting it for what it is instead of longing for what’s missing.
Annette Schmeling's insight:

Mindfulness keeps us psychologically balanced and protects from living a sterile, unrelated life and locked within the constraints of our history and our comfort zones. 


It is about choice and intention. 

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 11, 2013 12:37 AM

This article was recommended by Ozzie Gontang and Annette Schmeling.

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Tapping into the power of mindfulness

Tapping into the power of mindfulness | Mindfulness Based Leadership | Scoop.it
As business classes get underway at the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, MBA students open their laptops and professors fire up PowerPoint presentations in many classrooms.
Annette Schmeling's insight:

Integrating the mindfulness/introspective/contemplative practices and perspectives in classroom and work settings does enhance active learning and creativity. Ultimately, this community of scholars has the potential to 

look deeply into experience and meaning for all in service of a more just and compassionate society.


"We shall not cease from exploration, and at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." (T.S. Eliot) - The mindfulness movement does feel like we are circling back to an ancient practice. 

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Chaos to Calm: Building a Mindful Workplace

Chaos to Calm: Building a Mindful Workplace | Mindfulness Based Leadership | Scoop.it
Initiatives to introduce mindfulness into the workplace, hold great promise.
Annette Schmeling's insight:

There is growing evidence that mindfulness, which is typically associated with religion, mysticism and the contemplative traditions, has specific benefits for corporate and individual leadership. The capacity to quiet the mind, awareness of the present moment and full presence (mind, emotions, spirit & physical) will help people move along the personal/professional developmental ladder. 

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4 Steps to Mindfulness

4 Steps to Mindfulness | Mindfulness Based Leadership | Scoop.it

In today’s fast-paced world, we hardly have a spare minute to do the things for ourselves that help us stay energized and focused. By focusing for a few minutes a couple of times a day to intentionally breathe can completely change our disposition. A study out of the University of Pennsylvania shows that carving out a mere 12 minutes a day to do just that—intentionally breathe—can go a long way toward improving your mood. In addition, meditating can help you get better quality sleep, show more kindness towards others, and reduce inflammation.


Here are a series of mini-meditations you can call on throughout your day when you’re feeling like you are coming apart at the seams and need to find your center.


Via The BioSync Team, ThinDifference
Annette Schmeling's insight:

Following these four simple steps daily will help make mindfulness a part of ordinary time and will open your heart and mind to the world in front of you. 

ThinDifference's curator insight, February 1, 2013 11:17 AM

Take the simple steps to make a big difference in our outlook.

Peg Gillard's curator insight, February 2, 2013 9:50 AM

The power of intentional living and being in the moment heals and strengthens. 

Shane Davis's curator insight, March 10, 2013 3:19 AM

These are easy and they don't require any special conditions to do little mini-meditations. I did two of them before but the lunch one wasn't really my thing. I will be trying it to see how it makes me feel.

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7 Ways To Practice Mindfulness In The Age Of Technology

7 Ways To Practice Mindfulness In The Age Of Technology | Mindfulness Based Leadership | Scoop.it
Technology is here to stay. Why not embrace it and use it to raise our levels of presence? We can do this by tuning into our breath, our feelings and bodily sensations. This lets us know how we are relating to technology in the moment.

Via ThinDifference, David Hain, Fabrice De Zanet, donhornsby
Annette Schmeling's insight:

Technology can be an anxiety-producing energy depending on our approach. How we discipline ourselves and think about the daily onslaught of e-mail, voicemail, and text messages impacts how much we are truly connected or disconnected in our life. Mindfulness practices recommended in this article are very practical and impacts the quality of connections between people and their capacity to feel seen, heard and valued. 

ThinDifference's curator insight, January 15, 2013 11:00 AM

In the moment of the ringing sound or downtime, we need to unplug and breath in.... re-setting ourselves and releasing the pressures that have built up. Social media, email, and voicemail can wait for a moment....

donhornsby's curator insight, January 16, 2013 7:10 AM

(From the article): Here are seven ways you can practice mindfulness with your technology platforms. Try these practices as an experiment to raise your own awareness. Refrain from judging yourself or being too harsh about how these practices work for you. These exercises are intended to raise awareness by simply being aware.

Wise Leader™'s comment, January 16, 2013 7:57 AM
Some great practices to help ensure our technological gadgets serve us rather than the other way round.
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6 Steps To A More Mindful Company Culture

6 Steps To A More Mindful Company Culture | Mindfulness Based Leadership | Scoop.it

"Think a bit outside of the box and consider the type of corporate culture that can consistently create and support world-class customer experiences. Try to imagine a mindful approach to customer experience. We're serious."Mindful" is not a word..."


1) Avoid blinders

2) Focus on now

3) Be accurate

4) Be tolerant

5) Minimize suffering

6) Communicate openly and truthfully



 Read the article in Fast Company for more details on the 6 steps.

Via ThinDifference
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