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Co-opted Again: Diluted Mindfulness Hurrah

Co-opted Again: Diluted Mindfulness Hurrah | Unplug | Scoop.it
Corporations and their cheerleaders again have co-opted and struck gold, Diluted Mindfulness Hurrah
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There is no longer a time lag between the growth of a trend and the monetization and dilution of that trend. Mindfulness joins the ranks for the diluted...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 28, 2014 1:22 PM

Mindfulness is not about a corporate or organizational bottom line. It is about being a better person and contributing to a better world. Those go beyond economic bottom lines.

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The High Cost of Multitasking | infographic

The High Cost of Multitasking | infographic | Unplug | Scoop.it
Multitasking is a fact of our modern, connected life. However, research shows it makes us less effective, increases mistakes and stress, and costs the
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After dozens of well respected studies showing that mulitasking leads to getting less quality work down people still swear they are the exception to the rule. Go figure...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 23, 2014 1:24 PM

Multi-tasking takes away from creativity and effectiveness. In a classroom, it takes away from learning. The problem is we have adults in schools who are serial multi-taskers and who influence children with that behaviour. Now, some of it is a product of the work we do, but some of it is denial.

PracSimplicityGroup's curator insight, January 23, 2014 3:54 PM

Funny how the downsides now seem obvious!

Sabrina Li's curator insight, November 4, 2014 12:47 AM

A really nice infographic talking about multitasking in the workplace. It summarizes data including task-switching, multitasking effects on errors/speed, etc. while also boasting some affordances of using video web conferencing. 

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Busy-ness is Laziness

Busy-ness is Laziness | Unplug | Scoop.it
Tune in this Thursday at 10 am MST/12 pm EST for a conversation with +Waylon Lewis about integrating mindfulness and meditation into our daily lives and how these tools can improve our business and personal relationships and success.
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If you want to improve your business, personal relationships and all around success, you need to do what many consider to be the "soft" stuff -- meditation and mindfulness.  But "soft" is the new "hard".  Living a life of busy-ness is nothing more than procrastination.  In fact, it's downright lazy.

 

Waylon Lewis calls himself a "Dharma Brat" and shares with us his views about integrating mindfulness and meditation into our hectic daily lives and the benefits we can gain from doing so.

 

So if you're "running around, clicking lots of buttons online", hit the pause button and watch this 8-mintue video where Lewis leads a practical (and fun) meditation which will help you to limit distractions and come back to the present moment.

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Build the Business of Your Dreams with Mindfulness, Meditation & Happiness

Build the Business of Your Dreams with Mindfulness, Meditation & Happiness | Unplug | Scoop.it
Mindfulness and meditation are the essential keys to conscious creation in any aspect, but most importantly – in this case – your business.
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Consciously creating anything can be summed up in just three words.  Feel Good Now.  That's the premise of Tharyn Taylor who writes that mindfulness, meditation and happiness are the "essential keys to conscious creation" in your business (or in any part of your life, for that matter).

 

How to achieve conscious business creation?  Mr. Taylor shares three simple steps:

 

(1)  Keep it simple.  Mindfulness is the “quality or state of being conscious or aware of something”. Meditation is the practice by which you strengthen concentration and is directly linked to an increased sense of mindfulness. Feeling good has a direct link to creating better future experiences.

(2) The formula.  Meditation + Mindfulness + Feel Good Now.  Know it.  Do it.  It's not easy -- especially continuing a habit of feeling good in each present moment.  But if you continue to practice, it's "worth every once of effort".

(3) Leverage every advantage.  A wise business person leverages every known advantage in their business in order to grow.  This includes believing (and practicing) that mindfulness, meditation, and feeling good are fundamental keys to your success.

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126 Ways to Make Your Life Extraordinary

126 Ways to Make Your Life Extraordinary | Unplug | Scoop.it
If you choose to make a difference 126 times every day for the next year, you'd have hundreds of thousands of small opportunities to make an impact.
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Open the door for a stranger.  Say "Thank You".  Stop Whining.  Fear less...

 

These are just 4 of 126 ideas from the Business Insider about how to make a positive difference in the world by making some very simple changes in your life. 

 

Now that's extraordinary!

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The Negativity Epidemic

The Negativity Epidemic | Unplug | Scoop.it
Unfortunately, negativity can become an insidious habit within organisations. If such behaviour falls short of misconduct or appears to have an effect
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Negativity is becoming an epidemic in organizations, preventing them from achieving excellence and exceeding goals. 

 

If you want to tackle negativity in your firm or life, here are some tips from The e.Mile:

 

  • Pay attention to negativity with a view of moving towards positivity
  • Try not to take complaints personally
  • Reacting to negativity with negativity perpetuates negativity
  • Teach people to communicate in empowering ways
  • Challenge the negative views of your complainers
  • Reward positive behavior
  • Celebrate success regularly
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 13, 2014 12:53 PM
Once embedded, negativity is hard to extricate. I found the best thing for me was to leave. Being in a healthy place is important to positivity.
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Battles Being Fought by Tech Giants Aid in Human Progress

Battles Being Fought by Tech Giants Aid in Human Progress | Unplug | Scoop.it
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Apple Inc.'s Competition is Good for Human Progress
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Those battles being fought by the tech giants are aiding human progress.
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Apple suing Samsung.  Samsung suing Apple.  Old news.  The upside?  Fighting between high tech companies may be aiding human progress. 

 

A century ago, most people did not own a car.  The wrist-watch was considered high tech, but didn't become popular until the 1920's. Later, telephone and radio revolutionized the world. With these advances -- even back then -- came patent suits. 

 

Humans have never made as much technological progress as they have in the last 30 years. "Probably the biggest advancement in modern times has been the Internet. The creation of a world-wide network has allowed human beings to exchange ideas and swap knowledge almost instantly". 

 

In modern times, there is one thing that has remained the same.  Patent suits.  The difference?  The Internet - a place where patent information is often very quickly available to most.

 

And according to Brent Matsalla, these tech companies who continue to sue one another over these patents continue to grease "the wheels of human progress." 

 

 

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Finally Getting Its Share of Attention, Mindfulness

Finally Getting Its Share of Attention, Mindfulness | Unplug | Scoop.it
A term for mental training reaches the height of trendiness, and like yoga before it, may be leaving its mark.


"Nike, General Mills, Target and Aetna encourage employees to sit and do nothing, and with classes that show them how"


“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.” Thich Nhat Hanh.

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Promising substance but  slow to catch on mindfulness is finally gaining the attention so many think it deserves.


Writing in the NYT, David Hochman lays out a compeling overview of how the practice of mindfulness is becoming the norm in many of today's most powerful small and large businesses alike.


Unplugging and paying attention is hot and thousands of business execs already have taken classes in mindfulness.

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Manuela's curator insight, October 28, 2014 2:56 PM

The idea of "coming into presence" - being present in the physical environment instead of in our "web" selves
Various companies are incorporating mindfulness training to their culture
Be conscious of what has to be done and what one is actually doing
The article gives a good overview of the idea of mindfulness, its importance and the way it is being implemented to improve productivity and well-being among employees in various companies. The author cites various experts in different fields supporting the authority of the article.