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Mindfulness is being present to oneself. Leading oneself is the Odyssey. Mindful Leadership is about: Being, Thinking, Doing & Not Doing.
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Neuroscience needs its Einstein

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New mapping studies won't help us understand the brain-mind connection until we start thinking differently
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ozziegontang's curator insight, June 13, 2013 12:58 AM

In his answers neurologist Robert Burton reflects the thinking of Lee Thayer about thinking differently. Burton shares: "I prefer...questions to answers. I prefer ambiguity, mystery and awe to bottom-line explanations.  ...I recognize and often rejoice in the absurdity of human condition, and wouldn't want it any other way. If scients arrived at a final theory of everything. I would try not to read it."


Reflected in the thinking of Buddha we hear the same thing:


The Kalama Sutra

The Kalama Surta is the Buddha’s reply to a group of townspeople of Kalama. They asked Buddha who were they to believe of all the ascetics, sages, holy ones and teachers They came through their town confusing them with their contradictory truths, teachings, beliefs, and one true way. Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation of the Kalama Sutra: To the Kalamas from the Pali is a good read.


• Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it,
• Nor traditions because they are old and have been handed down from generation to generation and in many locations,
• Nor in rumor because it has been spoken by many,
• Nor in writings by sages because sages wrote them,
• Nor in one’s own fancies, thinking that it is such an extraordinary thought, it must have been inspired by a god or higher power,
• Nor in inferences drawn from some haphazard assumption made by us,
• Nor in what seems to be of necessity by analogy,
• Nor in anything merely because it is based on the authority of our teachers, masters, and elders.


However, 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.

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Mindfulness Training and the Compassionate Brain

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Meditation cultivates concentration, empathy, and insight at a neural level.
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In his  PT blog: The Athlete's Way, Christopher Bergland brings together what we have learned so far through neuroscience research regarding the impact of two forms of mediation:  Mindfulness focusing on mindful attention and non judgmentaal awareness; and compassion meditation designed to enhance feelings of compassion.

 

Again it is about the practice.

 

 

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What can mindfulness really do? | World in Mind | Big Think

What can mindfulness really do? | World in Mind | Big Think | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
A good friend--I'll call her Tandy here--is a huge fan of meditation.  She spends a good hour each day practicing "mindfulness."  She credits her practice with a more calm demeanor, a faster-working brain and a healthier body.  She's certainly not...
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The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

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I have a bit of a problem with that. When you understand the underlying physiology of mindfulness, you begin to see that any discussion about human change, learning, education, even politics and social issues, ends up being about mindfulness. That's because mindfulness, in some ways, is simply the opposite of mindlessness. And mindlessness is the cause of a tremendous amount of human suffering....

You can experience the world through your narrative circuitry, which will be useful for planning, goal setting, and strategizing. You can also experience the world more directly, which enables more sensory information to be perceived. Experiencing the world through the direct experience network allows you to get closer to the reality of any event. You perceive more information about events occurring around you, as well as more accurate information about these events. Noticing more real-time information makes you more flexible in how you respond to the world. You also become less imprisoned by the past, your habits, expectations or assumptions, and more able to respond to events as they unfold.
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“The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring If I experience the world more directly I may be more able to respond to the unfolding events awake, aware, mindful and in the present moment.
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Mission & Vision › The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education ‹

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CCARE investigates methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society through rigorous research, scientific collaborations, and academic conferences. In addition, CCARE provides a compassion cultivation program and teacher training as well as educational public events and programs.


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As mentioned by Dennis O'Connor: The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education is a center for deep resources.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 20, 2013 12:01 AM

Stanford's center has deep resources! 

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The Future of Storytelling Techniques

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"I am always interested in the science behind storytelling. What makes it such an effective part of our social being and communications?"


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Excellent video rescooped from Karen Dietz's site on Storytelling

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 22, 2013 8:25 PM

Lou Hoffman takes a look inside the science of storytelling. The video he mentions is worth viewing.

Jane Garcia's curator insight, January 22, 2013 10:19 PM

It stimulates my curiosity.

Karen Dietz's comment, January 25, 2013 6:17 PM
Thanks Jeff, Jane & Ozzie!
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Neuroscience Supports Mindful Leadership | Wise Leader Group - Psychology in your hands

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An artcile about the growing trend in mindfulness training, supported by evidence from neuroscience, to help leaders be more present at work.
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