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Mindfulness Unbound
A collection of insights to gain an understanding & practice of mindfulness
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This Simple Mental Trick Can Slow Down Time - Huffington Post

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This Simple Mental Trick Can Slow Down Time
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"Mindfulness allows people to appreciate their surroundings and can lead to the feeling that time is passing more slowly," Dr.
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Perception, Reaction & Mindfulness - PsychCentral.com (blog)

Perception, Reaction & Mindfulness - PsychCentral.com (blog) | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Perception, Reaction & Mindfulness PsychCentral.com (blog) I start by saying something poignant like “It's being aware and in the present moment” or “It's about allowing each experience to wash over us like a cool spring rain, without attachment or...
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"One man’s trash is definitely another man’s treasure. That is the essence of mindfulness: living mindfully, fully aware, fully present and actively knowing that whatever your situation is, it is merely that, a situation. It does not define you, unless you allow it to."

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10 Reasons Why You Really Need To Start Meditating

10 Reasons Why You Really Need To Start Meditating | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Cheers to America's new push-up for the brain! With all the scientific evidence coming in over the years, meditation is now becoming a practice that anyone from any walk of life can embrace.
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Meditation - push-ups for the brain! A great way to think about mediatation and mindfulness. This article highlights some wonderful across-the-board benefits.

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20 Reasons To Love Mindfulness (According To Science)

20 Reasons To Love Mindfulness (According To Science) | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Oh mindfulness meditation, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways.

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Peg Gillard's curator insight, April 14, 2013 1:19 AM

Just be and savor the moment, the breath, the heartbeat. It is all you have.

Christina DePugh's curator insight, May 6, 2013 5:37 AM

I love mindful meditation!

Janet M. DeSantis's curator insight, February 7, 2014 10:31 PM

Lastly, if you're not convinced by now, here are some scientific reasons as to why it's healthy to be ""Present to the present!"

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Mindfulness Requires Practice and Purpose

Mindfulness Requires Practice and Purpose | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Misconceptions surround the practice of mindfulness, which is part meditation and part a greater awareness of the things around you.
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Solid overview of mindfulness. It is not a pancea, but it can help us in our everyday work and opportunities.

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6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today

6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
If you feel stressed today why not try these 6 mindfulness exercises and release attachment and aversion… (6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today http://t.co/lG6VmGKSi2 #mindfulness #meditation)...

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Joanna Boj's curator insight, March 12, 2013 10:16 PM

simple, but powerful

The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 13, 2013 3:53 AM

The more observant you are, the more present and mindful you become!

Read More:  http://www.pocketmindfulness.com/6-mindfulness-exercises-you-can-try-today/

The BioSync Team's comment, March 15, 2013 3:18 PM
My "go to" self-care is the yogic breathing practice Pranayama.
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If You're Too Busy to Meditate, Read This

If You're Too Busy to Meditate, Read This | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Doing nothing for 20 minutes a day actually increases your productivity.
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Simply staged: "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."

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Wisdom 2.0's Compassionate, Chaos-Reducing Brand Of Leadership

Wisdom 2.0's Compassionate, Chaos-Reducing Brand Of Leadership | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Where can you go to meet a Tibetan nun, the CEOs of Ford and LinkedIn, an acclaimed mindfulness teacher, and an African drummer--all in one event? Wisdom 2.0.
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Wisdom 2.0 is a conference that highlights an interesting and relevant cross-section of mindfulness, leadership, business, and leadership. This Fast Company article provides an insightful look.

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4 Steps to Mindfulness

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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.

 


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

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

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

Annette Schmeling's curator insight, February 8, 2013 3:40 AM

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. 

Shane Davis's curator insight, March 10, 2013 7:19 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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Chaos to calm: Building a mindful workplace

Chaos to calm: Building a mindful workplace | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Initiatives to introduce mindfulness into the workplace, hold great promise.

Via Bobby Dillard, David Hain
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At times, mindfulness sounds like something for "new age" organizations, yet read this:

 

"Many companies such as Raytheon, Proctor and Gamble, Google, eBay, Apple, General Mills, the U.S. Military and scores of others have implemented mindfulness meditation programs for employees and the participants have reported a positive change in work capacity, stress management, relationships, reduced absenteeism and reduced health costs."

 

Many organizations mentioned here are ones to be considered necessarily new age. Mindfulness creates better leaders and organizations.

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David Hain's curator insight, January 27, 2013 10:59 AM

Mindful organisation = more emotionally intelligent organisation.

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‘Meditation Will Change Your Life’

‘Meditation Will Change Your Life’ | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Meditation will change your life -- drastically, and there's a very good chance it is the answer you are looking for. In the short term, it provides more focused attention, ability to deal with emotions, and fulfilling relationships.

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Two great resources highlighted in the article.
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Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership

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

Why sitting still and listening to your own thoughts for a few minutes a day may be the best business move you can make.


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Insightful article. Great thought here:

 

"This gesture of "letting go" of our internal gossip, while simple, is also a highly concentrated gesture of leadership agility. Like ballet dancers rehearsing a demi-plié or an acrobat practicing a handstand pirouette over and over again, here in mindfulness awareness meditation we, too, are exercising core muscles of basic human wisdom and agility."

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donhornsby's curator insight, January 10, 2013 2:06 PM

(from the article): Too often as leaders we tend to hold on, hold in, and hold back. Whether it's "holding onto" our jobs, our prestige, our paychecks; "holding back" our views, concerns and suggestions; or "holding in" our frustrations, inspirations and ideas--at work our bias toward "holding" can have a singularly blinding effect on how we skillfully engage challenges. Letting go, on the other hand, of our fixed mindsets, discursiveness, opinions, emotional habits and much more, can provide vital perspective in effectively leading a team, an enterprise, or a life.

 

And what happens when we exercise this muscle of "letting go" in conducting daily business? We become agile.

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The Power of Concentration

The Power of Concentration | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
We can learn a lot from the way Sherlock Holmes trains his mind.
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Important points in this NY Times article. Mindfulness is more than yoga or meditation. It is about pausing, even for five minutes, to think, center, and be present in what has happened and what is ahead. It changes our brain patterns and, maybe more importantly, delivers a refreshed perspective.

 

It is time to take a "Holmes" moment and think.....

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Christine Heine's comment, January 4, 2013 10:42 AM
A good reminder about the power of simplicity of mind and spirit. In our hectic day-to-day, paring down to the simple task of peaceful exercise of meditation, can prove to be the "reboot" that we can all benefit from.
Ricard Lloria's comment, January 6, 2013 9:21 PM
Very practical addition to the groundswell for mindfulness - it's about impulse control and emotional intelligence as well as spirituality. the same like David, the mind right set it so interested post
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Keeping Calm When You’re on the Clock | Texas Enterprise

Keeping Calm When You’re on the Clock | Texas Enterprise | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
I’m trying to focus on my breathing, but a story assignment keeps bubbling up into my thoughts.
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Great advice.... walk, mediate, breathe... reduce our stress and refocus our attention to what matters most.

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, May 27, 2013 12:06 PM

There are many easy and simple ways allowing mediation (informally) to be included in our daily lives. Everybody can do it :-)

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The art of mindfulness: What is it and how do you do it?

The art of mindfulness: What is it and how do you do it? | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
News, style and advice for professional women through the filter of success (Looking for a way to be more attentive and fully present all aspects of your life?

Via Brenda Bentley, Emma Sue Prince
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 3, 2014 5:11 AM

I don't think it is sitting on your desk, but the article is an easy read with straightforward description.

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10 Reasons Why You Really Need To Start Meditating

10 Reasons Why You Really Need To Start Meditating | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Cheers to America's new push-up for the brain! With all the scientific evidence coming in over the years, meditation is now becoming a practice that anyone from any walk of life can embrace.
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Meditation - push-ups for the brain! A great way to think about mediatation and mindfulness. This article highlights some wonderful across-the-board benefits.

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Mindfulness: The Art of Cultivating Resilience | This Emotional Life

Mindfulness: The Art of Cultivating Resilience | This Emotional Life | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Lynda Klau, Ph.D. 0Undeniably, sooner or later, we all have to deal with life’s realities—those hard surprises and “unknowns” that can liter...
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Finding our reflective center aids our resilience and mindfulness facilitates this process. "There are many ways to incorporate mindfulness into our daily lives. As we become increasingly mindful, we can begin to respond from a place of freedom and choice. In other words, we can act with resilience."

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Peg Gillard's curator insight, April 10, 2013 2:25 AM

Resilience breeds courage ~ strength of heart.

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A Mindful Difference: Respond vs React - Thin Difference

A Mindful Difference: Respond vs React - Thin Difference | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Being mindful in our responses ensures integrity in our interactions. Absence of mindfulness will raise the likelihood of emotional reactions.
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There is a big difference between responding and reacting, and mindfulness can help us focus more on being more responsive in a thoughtful and centered way. The four steps outlined may help us tackle this in meetings and in life.

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Angie Mc's curator insight, March 19, 2013 10:22 PM

"There may be a slight difference between the words react and respond. Yet, in practice, there seems to be a gulf of difference."

 

Practicing emotional and physical discipline helps one to respond, to be responsible.  When one is depleted, it is easier to feel a victim to outside circumstances.

alexander_sp's curator insight, March 20, 2013 9:01 AM

Misdfulness

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Six New, New Things I Learned from Wisdom 2.0

Six New, New Things I Learned from Wisdom 2.0 | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Wisdom 2.0 sparked many new thoughts on leadership and the role mindfulness can play in renewing purpose and direction.
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This was my first time to Wisdom 2.0 and it was a great experience, learning a lot and being inspired. Here are six things I learned.... it is just the beginning though!

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Practicing Mindful Leadership - T+D

Practicing Mindful Leadership - T+D | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Practicing Mindful Leadership
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Mindfulness is achieved by regulating one's attention—focusing attention on one's thoughts and emotions.
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A good overview of the basics of mindfulness and the value to leaders. Includes resources to explore at the end of the article.

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Your Mind at Work | Mindful

Your Mind at Work | Mindful | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
New ways to approach those niggling challenges in the office.
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This is a useful guide to re-center given where we may be at any point during a day. Practical and mindful!

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» Stress Less and Optimize Your Relationship with Technology - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

» Stress Less and Optimize Your Relationship with Technology - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
We are just learning how to relate to technology still and there are ways to stress less with it and optimize our relationship to it.
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We need to create sacred spaces, technology-free zones. In a world of hyper-connectedness, we need to disconnect and re-purpose.

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Mindful Social Networking | Mindful

Mindful Social Networking | Mindful | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
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Rock solid advice on how to manage your social networking in a mindful way. For example, do an "internet cleanse" once a month; do all your social networking at your desk (in other words, don't carry it around with you); and limit your time each day.

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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 Unbound | 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.
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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....

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donhornsby's curator insight, January 16, 2013 12:10 PM

(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 12:57 PM
Some great practices to help ensure our technological gadgets serve us rather than the other way round.
Annette Schmeling's curator insight, January 16, 2013 5:14 PM

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. 

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Three Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind

Three Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind | Mindfulness Unbound | Scoop.it
Neuroscience tells us that, to be more productive and creative, we need to give our brains a break. It's the quiet mind that produces the best insights.

Via Vicky Ellam-Dyson, Wise Leader™, David Hain
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It is amazing what 20 minutes can do to settle us, let us create, and refresh us...

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David Hain's curator insight, January 5, 2013 9:59 AM

We all need this!

donhornsby's curator insight, January 14, 2013 1:03 PM

(From the article): New research from the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging suggests that people who meditate show more gray matter in certain regions of the brain, show stronger connections between brain regions and show less age-related brain atrophy. In other words, meditation might make your brain bigger, faster, and "younger". As lead researcher Eileen Luders explains, "it appears to be a powerful mental exercise with the potential to change the physical structure of the brain."