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What role does spirituality play in leadership? It makes the leader whole and fill the hole in the whole of the organization
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The key to jobs in the future is not college but compassion 

The key to jobs in the future is not college but compassion  | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Human jobs in the future will be the ones that require emotional labour: currently undervalued and underpaid but invaluable

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Teaching children soft skills in schools is essential to their future world. In a world of digital tools and social media, the human touch and human relationships are essential.
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The Flighty Nature of Attention - Mindful

The Flighty Nature of Attention - Mindful | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
How meditation allows us to stumble upon something we've always wanted: a settled, stable mind in the midst of the chaos of life.

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I used a variety of minfulness methods to be more present. I meditated on my own, attended weekend events, attended intensive meditation events, etc. Using various ways to help me meditate benefited my mindfulness in the classroom and life in general.
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The Ancient Poem That Will Put Your Life in Perspective

The Ancient Poem That Will Put Your Life in Perspective | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
You don’t have to be a depressed celebrity to find solace in one of the Sufi mystic Rumi’s most unforgettable poems.
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Rumi and his poem The Guesthouse are favourites of mine. The point of the article is the message is a counter narrative to a highly materialistic and consumerist world. To be present in the world is a way to counter what we call capitalism. What we have to remember is Adam Smith was a moral philosopher.

"Rumi stands as an inspiring source for contemporary quests for spirituality.”
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How a Positive Outlook Helps Mindful Leaders Thrive

How a Positive Outlook Helps Mindful Leaders Thrive | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A leader is identified as having the Positive Outlook EI Competency if they have a dominant belief that the future holds better potentia

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Mindful people have a postive outlook on life. Being in the moment and understanding "this too shall pass" is essential.

Leading is part of educating and pedagogy. Teaching in mindful ways seems essential.
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How Silence Rewires Your Brain to Make You More Intelligent — MyScienceAcademy

How Silence Rewires Your Brain to Make You More Intelligent — MyScienceAcademy | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

In 2011, the Finish tourism board decided to run a campaign promoting the “silence” you can get by visiting the beautiful country. Along with photos of awe-inspiring landscapes, they used the slogan “Silence, Please”.


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Just to be is essential. I discovered that meditation and silence helped me as a teacher in unpredictable ways.
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The sounds of silence are indeed important. Learning to befriend silence in a world that is constantly bombarding us with noise requires practice.

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Is mindfulness meditation good for kids? Here’s what the science actually says.

Is mindfulness meditation good for kids? Here’s what the science actually says. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
I read more than a dozen studies — including systematic meta-reviews, which account for thousands of other papers — analyzing the best available research on mindfulness (in both students and adults) and talked to researchers and advocates involved in the work. I asked these experts what questions and concerns parents should have when they hear mindfulness is coming to their schools. (Scroll down for those questions.)

The short of it: The relatively few studies we have on mindfulness in schools suggest a generally positive effect on decreasing anxiety and increasing cognitive performance. But the hype around mindfulness also seems to be outpacing the science, especially when it comes to teaching these practices to children.

 

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Appears to be quite a comprehensive synthesis of the available research.


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Meditation and mindfulness are not cure-alls. They offer benefits, but we need to make sure they are not treated as fix-its.
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5 of the Best Self-Care Practices for Real Change

5 of the Best Self-Care Practices for Real Change | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Do you associate self-care with physical activities like a restorative nap, a soothing bath, or time in nature?  Maybe, to you, self-care means buying something nice for yourself, or pulling out a coloring book to reduce stress. 


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Be responsible, authentic, and positive. Take time and set boundaries. The last two are challenging for teachers. We end up rushing through days and not thinking about how that takes a toll on us.
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The Eye of the Hurricane – Michael Jacobs – Medium

The Eye of the Hurricane – Michael Jacobs – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Inside, at the center, you reside. Around you there are other thoughts and energies that are not yours. When stillness is created, so is an awareness. The more the stillness is fed, the more the…
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A teacher I interviewed spoke about learning to stop and just be quiet in the middle of teaching. I discovered meditation and Yoga help, as well. Each teacher can approach being a mindful teacher in their particular way.
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This is How You Find Calm in the Chaos – Personal Growth – Medium

This is How You Find Calm in the Chaos – Personal Growth – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Of course, thinking is necessary to survive, but most of the thoughts you have floating around in your head are false and should not be listened to. However, it is as, in your head, you have a broken…
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MInfulness is the operating systems of living. Just to stop and breath is good. One teacher I interviewed said she learned to do that in the middle of the storm. It took me longer, but I got there and the last five years or so, as stressful as they were, were more manageable.
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Everything and everyone is connected.

There once was a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon.

One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.

"How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?" the reporter asked.

"Why sir," said the farmer, "didn't you know? The winds picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn."

He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor’s corn also improves.

So it is with our lives. Those who choose to live in peace must help their neighbors to live in peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.

The lesson for each of us is this: if we are to grow good corn we must help our neighbor grow good corn.

---Author unknown.
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The moral of the story is simple: everything and everyone is related in the world. This is not by blood, but because we depend on each other in ways we cannot begin to imagine. Teachers have students come into their classrooms each day. They bring their stories, histories, and relationships with them, without teachers being aware of what that all means. Deep pedagogy is more than a catch phrase. It is what hides in the contours of the pedagogic landscape that we cannot easily see and may never see.
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WHAT MAKES AN APOLOGY EFFECTIVE & HEALING

WHAT MAKES AN APOLOGY EFFECTIVE & HEALING | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The context of apologies are relationships, be they between friends, lovers, families or nations. The goal of an apology is reconciliation and…

Via malek
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There must be a possiblity of forgiveness that follows, even if it takes time.
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successful apologies heal because they satisfy one, if not more, psychological needs.

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Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning

Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Empathy -- the ability to understand another person's experiences and emotions -- can be a powerful learning tool for students and an important outcome of

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What I found in my recent research and dissertation was the teachers I interviewed shared a common feature: empathy and sympathy for others.
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How to Teach Happiness at School

How to Teach Happiness at School | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
By Ilona Boniwell

Health is part of every public-school education. But what is health? It's more than just nutrition and gym class.

As early a

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How teachers speak and act is an essential model for their students. Are they being empathic, caring, happy, responsible, etc?
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Mindful in Middle School

Mindful in Middle School | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
One teacher’s experience incorporating mindfulness into her middle school curriculum.
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I used a dialogue circle to create time to meditate. It took less explaining and seemed less controversial. It allowed for moments of silence and being present. At other times, students talked and shared.

There is research evidence as to the benefits of meditation and how it can positively impact the brain.
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Happiness Begins When You Stop Seeking ‘Balance’ – Thrive Global

Happiness Begins When You Stop Seeking ‘Balance’ – Thrive Global | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Trying to work your 9–5, start your business, go to school, clean your home, eat healthy, workout, be the perfect friend/siblings/child/spouse/parent, etc is just down right tiring. When I started my…
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Balance is unattainable. What we can seek is being mindful of our daily living. I experienced a significant shift when I began to meditate and focus on the present moment. I was able to be present for students, parents, colleagues, and myself.
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The Art of Admiring: A Mindful Lesson from a Toy Camera - Mindful

The Art of Admiring: A Mindful Lesson from a Toy Camera - Mindful | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
How one photo-addicted mom found mindfulness in her daughter's toy camera. Plus, a simple noticing practice for non-judgemental awareness.
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"While perusing through Mindful.org, I came across an article about the slow-photography movement—a mini-rebellion against the tendency to photograph every detail of every moment"

When we live in ways that try to remove the mystery from life, we miss a lot. When I began teaching more mindfully, I was more aware of what was essential to my teaching: my relationships with students, parents, and colleagues.
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How to Show Empathy

Listen. Listening is one of the most effective ways you can demonstrate empathy to other people. When you are practicing active listening, you are listening with purpose.[1] You aren't fiddling about on your phone, or thinking about what you're going to make for dinner tonight, you're really taking in what the other person is saying.


If you're listening to someone and you get distracted by thinking about dinner or whatever it is you want to say next in the conversation, bring yourself back to the present by saying "I was just thinking about ___(last thing you remember them saying)__ and I was wondering if you could repeat what you just said so that I don't miss anything."


Look the speaker in the eye (don't stare, but try to maintain eye contact), and sit facing the person. Don't let your gaze drift all over the place, because it will look as though you aren't paying attention and that you don't care what this person has to say.
Active listening requires three things.[2] First, paraphrase what the person said to show that you understood the content.

 


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The article is indepth. It focuses on being attentive, being present, and being mindful to the other person. It also speaks about imagining what it might be like to be in the other person's situation.

Teachers can play a role by modeling these skills.
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What Does Spiritual Growth Have To Do With Life Success?

What Does Spiritual Growth Have To Do With Life Success? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The traditional tertiary and professional education largely involves developing intellect, in particular the skills of reasoning, analysis, problem-solving and memory. It trains us to see ourselves…
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"Spiritual growth helps create a vision of our highest purpose. It provides tools to raise our energy frequency, move away from ego and move towards the truth."

Ron Malhotra draws on William James, a pragmatist, in pointing towards spiritual growth's practical benefits. I don't mean we become more productive in our jobs, but brings a certain calmness to living.

When I began meditating and walking, I discovered many insights in these practices. They helped me be a better teacher, to be present to the person who spoke to me, and led to a calmness that had not been there before. It also led me away from the profession.
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These Ancient Trees Have Stories to Tell

These Ancient Trees Have Stories to Tell | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Over three trillion trees live on planet Earth, and yet we know so few of their stories. Of course all trees play an important role—purifying the air, hosting the feathered and the furry, teaching kids (and kids at heart) how to climb—but some have spent more time doing these things than others. Quiver trees, for […]

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Each part of nature, large and small, has a story to tell. Mountains tell a geologic story, trees an ecological one, and humans human stories. They are stores of surviving, thriving, and living.

Deep ecology looks for depth and richness in these stories that are not always evident. Deep pedagogy would be similar in many ways. Teaching becomes looking for what is not readily evident to the teacher. It is about learning through being sensitive to the students we meet each day.
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Child suicide attempts DOUBLED in the last decade, figures reveal

Child suicide attempts DOUBLED in the last decade, figures reveal | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
In 2008, suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts accounted for 0.67 percent of child cases in 32 US hospitals. By 2015, that figure had more than doubled to 1.79 percent.

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You can’t change what you don’t notice.

You can’t change what you don’t notice. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Early in January, I hit a wall.

Over the previous year, I had set out to completely reshape The Energy Project, the company I run, and change is rarely easy. At mid-year, I got drawn into the presidential campaign, and it consumed a great deal of my time and emotional energy. And then, on January 1, my younger brother suffered a severe stroke. On the weekends, I began to travel back and forth between New York and Boston to be with him and his family.   

All this came back to me as I created a series of videos for LinkedIn about managing personal energy – and served as a humbling reminder of just how connected personal renewal is to performance, not just for our clients, but also for me. 

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Spending a little time each day reflecting and meditating on our lives is essential. I did this and took up Yoga towards the end of my teaching career, when it was very stressful. It made a huge difference. Slowly, mindfulness crept into my daily teaching practices.
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More on the importance of managing personal energy and attention!

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My most important lesson? You can’t change what you don’t notice. And you won’t notice until you make noticing a priority.
 
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Paying attention to details is the single most important characteristic of a leader but right behind it is how you deal with what you see, positive or negative.

 

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Change Happens. How Adaptable Are You? - Mindful

Change Happens. How Adaptable Are You? - Mindful | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Resilient leaders roll with the punches instead of doling them out.
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When I began to meditate and practice mindfulness in my teaching, I experienced a world of difference. I was more patient and able to pay attention to what I was doing. I also set priorities and adhered to them.
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The fallibility of memory - can you believe me?

The fallibility of memory - can you believe me? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
While taking his regular morning walk, listening to a podcast, market researcher Mike Beder stopped dead in his tracks.

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I am not sure leaders are leaders without empathy and sympathy. This is essential to relate to those one leads i.e. students. Understanding what they might be experiencing, at least in part, is essential. How did I feel as a student? I think this relates to the currere method.
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Why you need emotional intelligence

Why you need emotional intelligence | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Dr Travis Bradberry explains the difference emotional intelligence makes in the workplace, and its role in success.

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It helps us monitor ourselves and the world, including our interactions with other people. It is essential for teachers.
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"A Case for Developing Spiritual Intelligence in Leaders through Equine" 

"A Case for Developing Spiritual Intelligence in Leaders through Equine"  | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

 

Unpredictable circumstances, growing stresses in an ever-increasing global market, and ubiquitous ennui have left organizations and today’s leaders in government, industry, and academia without the necessary tools to transition to change in a principled manner.

 

The authors explain that the development and maintenance of genuine leadership skills — adaptive to the dictates of the modern world — must be borne from one’s inner self, a retreat to spirituality.

 

One available method of achieving this is through Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning (EFEL), a technique whereby leaders develop critical management skills by working with horses...

 

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Leading from a values based place is essential. Too often though, we think of values as placing a value on something. In truth, values (in French valoir) is a place of strength and courage to act and speak properly.
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