Janice Marturano calls herself a reformed “21st century juggler.” In the spring of 2000, Marturano was a vice president of General Mills, a wife, a mother of two children, a daughter of aging parents, and a community volunteer.
What does your Earth look like? What kind of weather are you creating with your thoughts? What version of global warming is your life experiencing?
As you move through your weekend, do an experiment. Carry a picture of the Earth in your mind. Watch how it reacts to your thoughts and actions. What thoughts create an abundant, healthy climate? How do self-invalidating thoughts affect your Inner Earth?
Give yourself many thoughts of love and appreciation for yourself and others this weekend.
A nice, mainspring read on a Sunday. In this article, Ellen gives a simple, clear picture of mindfulness and nine ways to be more mindful in your daily life. She starts with an example of a group of women who looked at their work differently and had remarkable results.
In this video, Evan Williams, Co-Founder of Twitter joins a panel at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference to talk about the process of building Obvious Corporation, and their focus on ‘mindfully’ building the company from the ground up. Williams begins the session by talking about his past experiences in tech, working long hours, and not finding …
Laura Hansen's insight:
We're bringing well-being, balance, integrity and humanity back into corporate structures because we figured out how. As a global consciousness, we challenged ourselves to ask the question, "Let's just say we could design a company that was both profitable, mindful and environmentally conscious. What would it look like and how would we need to change?"
I'm glad we asked that question while we were still here to ask.
We’ve never experienced a more demanding, fast-paced and complex leadership environment.
To thrive as an organization in the 21st-century marketplace – and execute on the vision of Conscious Capitalism – requires unprecedented leadership capacity and delivery. Most leaders are in over their heads in the face of today’s challenges, unable to adapt and evolve quickly enough. Many are failing as a result.
This white paper first discusses the new science of vertical learning and its central role in scaling and embedding Conscious Capitalism. Harvard’s Robert Kegan contends that vertical learning catalyzes a quantum increase in mental complexity. This radically improves a leader’s ability to navigate today’s highly complex, ambiguous, and rapidly changing context, and cascade those new skills into the entire organization.
At this point, if you are in a leadership position, you won't be able to avoid deep personal growth. Well, you can avoid it by letting the world move past you. You can be one of the last hold outs. That is an option.
On the flip side, as you read the eight levels of conscious leadership, they are the same as the levels of consciousness as embraced in ancient wisdom practices. If you are a business executives taking steps in your career, you will need to embrace the idea that no college degree or business experience has prepared you for what you must master next -- yourself.
When your relationships work, your life works, too. Bring your best self to your relationships. When you do, your best life comes forward. Go for it! Learn the practical techniques to appreciate each other so you can build supportive, loving relationships.
Laura Hansen's insight:
Sometimes we need a few moments to reset. These three 45-minute meditations can help the meditation newbie or the life-long practitioner.
You don't have to get into lotus pose under your desk to be mindful at work.
Laura Hansen's insight:
These five simple practices really can make a difference in your day. Approximately 100 percent of how we experience our day depends on how we perceive it. If you struggle through your day or would like to eliminate a self-defeating mindset, these simple steps will help you find a positive alternative to, " My day sucked!"
A growing body of research shows that meditation is an effective way to boost focus, zap stress, relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression, and reduce inflammation, among other benefits. And according to some mindfulness experts, a meditation practi...
Editor’s Note: This blog post is the first of a five-part series profiling women leadership in the Sacramento region. It serves as a prelude to our upcoming event, "This Changes Everything: WOMEN." These women were selected based on their contributions and participation in their community and industry. By means of this series, we hope to broaden our understanding of what constitutes a leader and provide a platform for ideas worth spreading.
1) Survival That which can be automated and outsourced will be automated and outsourced Here’s the tough news: As the global market place continues to become more and more competitive, those jobs and enterprises that a machine can do faster or someone else can do cheaper will go the way of the dinosaur and the …
New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help us better understand and retain information.
What, exactly, is curiosity and how does it work? A study published in the October issue of the journal Neuron suggests that the brain's chemistry changes when we become curious, helping us better learn and retain information.
"There's this basic circuit in the brain that energizes people to go out and get things that are intrinsically rewarding," Ranganath explains. This circuit lights up when we get money, or candy. It also lights up when we're curious.
When the circuit is activated, our brains release a chemical called dopamine, which gives us a high. "The dopamine also seems to play a role in enhancing the connections between cells that are involved in learning."
Indeed, when the researchers later tested participants on what they learned, those who were more curious were more likely to remember the right answers.
Creating a culture within your organization where curiosity is rewarded improves morale, inspires innovative problem-solving, reduces errors, and helps leaders and their teams have meaningful work relationships.
Building curiosity-centric exercises and staff development trainings is a great next step.
Scientific evidence shows that we can teach our brains to feel more compassion, both for others and ourselves. Many of us know that if we want to become more physically healthy, we can exercise. What if we want to improve our emotional health? Are there ways to train emotional “muscles” such as compassion? Would such training improve our lives?
Compassion meditation is an ancient contemplative practice to strengthen feelings of compassion towards different kinds of people. The feeling of compassion itself is the emotional response of caring and wanting to help when encountering a person’s suffering.
In a study conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, after only two weeks of online training, participants who practiced compassion meditation every day behaved more altruistically towards strangers compared to another group taught to simply regulate or control their negative emotions. Not only that, the people who were the most altruistic after receiving compassion training also were the individuals who showed the largest changes in how their brains responded to images of suffering. These findings suggest that compassion is a trainable skill, and that practice can actually alter the way our brains perceive suffering and increase our actions to relieve that suffering.
Why is this so? My two cents from the "consciousness, we are nodes in a network being" perspective:
1. Awareness is Everything. When we direct our attention inward we can become aware of the universal frequency that flows through all life. Touching this frequency with our awareness immediately manifests it mentally, emotionally and physically as a deep knowing that we are of one self.
2. Universal Self Runs More of the Show. Touching this universal frequency manifests as the decision-making consciousness we use and identify with. Which means we make fewer decisions based upon one person's need only at the expense of another.
What is the role of compassion in the workplace? Very simply, it is one of the four fundamentals of leadership excellence, of mindful leadership, and of living mindfully. And it can be a new year's resolution that you can implement starting today!
Compassion at Work
Compassion can be brought into each work day through simple acts of kindness. When we choose to take a purposeful pause and offer a colleague a compliment, or a word of encouragement, or inquire into their well-being, we bring kindness into the workplace. And the ripple effect of kindness is limitless. A compassionate leader can transform the most challenging workplace. When a leader embodies compassion and is seen as a kind person, even his or her toughest messages are more likely to be received well. After all, when we work with someone who honestly respects, includes, and values us, it goes a long way to making us trust his or her decisions.
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