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The 10 Stages of Trying to Meditate for the First Time (with GIFs!)

The 10 Stages of Trying to Meditate for the First Time (with GIFs!) | Interesting | Scoop.it
“Who knew it would be so hard to sit and do nothing?”
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8 Types of Learning Events Every eLearning Course Must Have Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

8 Types of Learning Events Every eLearning Course Must Have Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | Interesting | Scoop.it
A good eLearning course requires the right combination of learning events. But what are these exactly? A learning event is a simplified description of the student’s learning activity. There’s an infinite number of learning strategies, but only eight learning events. It isn’t necessary to use all the events in the creation of your course. The 8 Types of Learning Events Every eLearning Course Must Have Infographic presents a ‘palette’ of 8 specific ways that the eLearning designer can use to describe any point in the development of learning activities: 1. Imitation 2. Reception 3. Guidance 4. Exploration 5. Experimentation 6. Creation 7. Self-Reflection 8. Animation
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The Beginning of Everything -- The Big Bang - YouTube

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"How did everything get started? Has the universe a beginning or was it here since forever?"The origin of the universe explained in six short minutes.
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Character and Traits in Leadership

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Character develops over time. Many think that much of a person's character is formed early in life. However, we do not know exactly how much or how early character develops. But, it is safe to claim that character does not change quickly. A person's observable behavior is an indication of her character. This behavior can be strong or weak, good or bad. A person with strong character shows drive, energy, determination, self-discipline, willpower, and nerve. She sees what she wants and goes after it. She attracts followers. On the other hand, a person with weak character shows none of these traits. She does not know what she wants. Her traits are disorganized, she vacillates and is inconsistent. She will attract no followers.

 

A strong person can be good or bad. A gang leader is an example of a strong person with a bad character, while an outstanding community leader is one with both strong and good characteristics. An organization needs leaders with both strong and good characteristics, people who will guide them to the future and show that they can be trusted.


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Character Is Like A Tree | Leadership In Action

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In an article published by Harvard Business Review titled “The Discipline of Building Character,” Professor Joseph L. Badaracco, Jr.

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Lim Kim Thye's curator insight, June 25, 2013 4:10 AM

Building Character is more important than building a good reputation.

 

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Ready for a vulnerability hangover? Five ideas from Brené Brown

Ready for a vulnerability hangover? Five ideas from Brené Brown | Interesting | Scoop.it

Brené’s big idea is that vulnerability is good for you, or as she puts it, ‘vulnerability is our most accurate measure of courage’.

 

We live in a culture where making yourself vulnerable – exposing your fears and uncertainties, taking emotional risks – is considered a form of weakness, and something most of us want to run away from.

 

But Brené’s research reveals the hugely positive outcomes that emerge from stepping into the arena of vulnerability. It is precisely when we expose ourselves – perhaps in a relationship or at work – that ‘we have experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives’.


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 8, 2013 9:44 AM

A brilliant friend of mine once explained to me, "trusting others is difficult because it makes us vulnerable".  This is a fantastic article about why being vulnerable is good, plus so much more.

David Hain's curator insight, January 18, 2013 11:31 AM

Vulnerability is my leadership word of the week, and such a valuable test of authenticity.  Having spent years disguising it, I wish I knew then what I know now...

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» Strengths-Spotting Your Way to Happiness (Part 1) - Character Strengths

» Strengths-Spotting Your Way to Happiness (Part 1) - Character Strengths | Interesting | Scoop.it
Strengths-spotting is one of the best activities to deepen understanding of the strengths of oneself & others. There are 2 general levels to strengths-spotting

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donhornsby's curator insight, January 29, 2013 8:22 AM

(From the article): At your next work meeting or family gathering, enter the environment wearing “strengths goggles.” This means walk in with a mindset to look for strengths as they occur. Spot your co-worker asking lots of questions (curiosity) or collaborating on a project (teamwork). Notice when your mother puts her arm around you when she speaks (love) or when your brother keeps the family entertained with a funny story (humor).

 

After you spot the strength(s), if the timing is right, tell the person how you value their strength use. Express your appreciation. Name the strength that you saw them use and share the rationale for your observation.

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Nine Essential Qualities of Mindfulness

Nine Essential Qualities of Mindfulness | Interesting | Scoop.it
Learn how to say "yes" to the present moment.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, June 20, 2013 8:46 AM

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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8 Ways To Have Incredibly Productive Mornings - 25,000 of them

8 Ways To Have Incredibly Productive Mornings - 25,000 of them | Interesting | Scoop.it
“You'll wake up an average of 25,000 mornings in your adult life. Make them count.”
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Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead. | Interesting | Scoop.it
“ When it comes to getting things done and making progress in the areas that are important to you, there is a much better way to do things.”
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▶ Do We Give Cancer to Ourselves? - YouTube

http://www.ihealthtube.com How do we get cancer? It's one of the biggest health questions people face. Bob Wright, director of the American Anti-Cancer Insti...”
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Our Attention Is Under Siege: Tony Schwartz and Daniel Goleman

“ The Energy Project's CEO, Tony Schwartz, sits down with thought leader Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence) to dis...”
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Five Helpful Steps to Becoming a Meditator

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Why meditate? I've started sitting again after a long absence and it is both humbling and illuminating at the same time. I'm starting small -- just 20 minutes, and it seems like an eternity . . .
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Dragdis

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“ Drag & drop anything anywhere. Collect images, texts, links or videos to your private folders or post directly to Facebook, Twitter & (soon to come) Tumblr, Dropbox, Pinterest etc.”
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Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Interactive Video Tools for Engaging Learners

Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Interactive Video Tools for Engaging Learners | Interesting | Scoop.it
It's no secret that I am a passionate advocate for using video in the classroom. When used well, videos can help students make connections to people and ideas beyond their usual frame of reference. That's why I've been really excited to see a wave of new (and mostly free or low-cost!) tech tools recently that enable teachers to take favorite clips and make them more valuable for educational use. Whether you use videos to flip your classroom or you just appreciate the power of video to engage kids, maybe one of the tools in my playlist below will help you go deeper in 2014. Video Playlist: Tools to Enhance Videos for Learning You may notice my playlist below looks a little different this time; I'm embedding using a great tool called Huzzaz, reviewed below. Watch the player below to see the whole playlist, or you can still view it on YouTube.
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Teaching Character: How to Raise Good Kids in a Decade of Moral Erosion at Dr. Michele Borba’s Reality Check

Teaching Character: How to Raise Good Kids in a Decade of Moral Erosion at Dr. Michele Borba’s Reality Check | Interesting | Scoop.it

Dr. Michele Borba share her secrets for discipline problems, behavior troubles, school issues and much more! Parenting advice, tips, and articles for raising happy, healthy children from conception to graduation.


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The Discipline of Building Character

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The Idea in Brief We’ve all experienced times when our professional responsibilities conflict with our values: A budget crisis forces us to dismiss a valued employee, for exa...

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Life Choices: The Decision Tree | CoachStation

Life Choices: The Decision Tree | CoachStation | Interesting | Scoop.it

Imagine that the tree represents your life from birth at the very bottom, in the roots of the trunk to death at the very extreme ends of the outermost twigs. Consider that each step along the journey of life (or symbolically in this representation along the trunk, branches and twigs) represents continuous learning and decisions made at various stages of your life.


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» Strengths-Spotting Your Way to Happiness (Part 1) - Character Strengths

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Strengths-spotting is one of the best activities to deepen understanding of the strengths of oneself & others. There are 2 general levels to strengths-spotting

Via Annette Schmeling
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donhornsby's curator insight, January 29, 2013 8:22 AM

(From the article): At your next work meeting or family gathering, enter the environment wearing “strengths goggles.” This means walk in with a mindset to look for strengths as they occur. Spot your co-worker asking lots of questions (curiosity) or collaborating on a project (teamwork). Notice when your mother puts her arm around you when she speaks (love) or when your brother keeps the family entertained with a funny story (humor).

 

After you spot the strength(s), if the timing is right, tell the person how you value their strength use. Express your appreciation. Name the strength that you saw them use and share the rationale for your observation.

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The Secret and Power of Listening

The Secret and Power of Listening | Interesting | Scoop.it
Leaders often rise to leadership because they are great talkers. Now it's in the way. You can’t connect, communicate or influence without listening. Bad bosses talk. Successful leaders listen. Stop...

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, March 21, 2013 10:24 AM

Removing that mental block, and getting rid of the filters will help you start connecting with a broader scope of people. Our preconceived judgments, i.e., what you already know about a person and the label that you have assigned, inhibit our capacity to listen and reaching people that we feel are inaccessible. 

 

Leadership Freak provides great questions to focus your attention and to respond to others with respect and compassion. 

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Sometimes, no single system will do: The bits-and-pieces time management method

Sometimes, no single system will do: The bits-and-pieces time management method | Interesting | Scoop.it
“Over the last year I’ve become interested in finding ways of being more productive. This has in part been forced on me by a change of job (becoming what I've called an interstitial scholar) with a ...”
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The mind is for having ideas not holding them - David Allen - YouTube

Unlike a computer, we can not add more RAM to our brains. So we have to free up RAM so we can think more. David Allen gives us a system to set us free. More ...
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20 Reasons To Love Mindfulness (According To Science)

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“ Oh mindfulness meditation, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways.”
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Learning to Meditate is a Hero's Journey of the Mind

Learning to Meditate is a Hero's Journey of the Mind | Interesting | Scoop.it
Sometimes it is difficult to learn how to meditate from an enlightened guru, or at least it was for me when I was a beginner. I would read their words over and over, trying to understand what they were talking about -- but it was as though they were writing in a foreign language, one I had yet to learn. I wrote about my own quest to become a meditator, and these writings evolved into the book "Choosing to Be: Lessons in Living from a Feline Zen Master," in which I describe the ups and downs of my struggle. My Maine Coon cat Poohbear Degoonacoon became the Feline Zen Master, and Catzenbear arrived as his kitten muse. Together we traveled the hero's journey, much like that of Don Quixote or Ulysses, except that most of the action happened within my own mind. (Come to think of it, much of their action happened in their minds too.) You can enjoy our often humorous quest on Amazon Kindle. Who knows, perhaps you might even learn a thing or ten (as one of our generous reviewers wrote on Amazon). Kat Tansey www.choosingtobe.com "I found Choosing to Be one of the better books on Zen or sitting practice." ~Thom Hartmann, radio show host and New York Times bestselling author of 21 books in print "I love this book. It hides nothing, teaches much, and remains readable and delightful along the way." ~Ann Lewis, Recover Your Balance "Choosing to Be is a short, original, comfortingly readable introduction to the Buddhist path, a way of living that places the primary responsibility for our happiness into our own paws, er…hands.” ~John Calabrese, Creations Magazine
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