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This Is Why You Can Change The World With A Thought

This Is Why You Can Change The World With A Thought | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
To a disciple who was forever complaining about others, the Master said: “If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to…
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Actions are stronger than our words. This is a wonderful article about the transcience and imperance of all that is.
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Meditation: The Process of Undoing – Charlie Ambler – Medium

Meditation: The Process of Undoing – Charlie Ambler – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
I fall into an odd contradiction as someone who writes regularly about meditation. There’s plenty to think about, and the same sorts of ideas can be reiterated over and over ad infinitum, but…
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"If you view it as a productivity aid, a creative boost, a career benefit or a mental health problem fixer, it won’t come through for you. When you approach meditation as X or Y, you’re still doing. And, again, the whole point is un-doing. So stop doing!"

There is a contradiction when we begin to think of mindfulness and meditation to improve productivity and benefit our careers in material ways. I meditate, but it does not always produce any results that I recognize in the immediate moment. Quite often, it is just being able to stand and be present in the world in a quiet way.
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Is Your Inner Critic Holding You Back?

Is Your Inner Critic Holding You Back? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
What keeps you from doing the things you want to do in life? If it's fear of your "inner critic," it may be time to confront it and take away its power.
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To be creative and innovative, we each need to silence the inner critic at times. It does not mean to ignore him or her. Instead, as the Pema Chodron quote suggests invite her or him to have tea with you and dance with them, engaging in deep and meaningful conversation.
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When you learn these 7 mindful habits, you'll live a more calm and focused life

When you learn these 7 mindful habits, you'll live a more calm and focused life | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
I’m sure we can all agree that life is better when you fully bask in each and every moment. The question is, how do you…

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The article is based on mindfulness based stress reduction based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn. Being present and calm made me a better teacher.
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Walking Meditation – What Is It And How To Do It?

Walking Meditation – What Is It And How To Do It? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Walking meditation? What could it be? Nothing too complicated here. It's pretty straightforward. Walking meditation is a form of meditation done while walking. Yes, it's that simple. But there is, of course, more to it.

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Thich Nhat Hanh also has great material about meditation, including walking meditatation
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Suzanne Izzard's curator insight, September 25, 2017 4:45 AM
Read this before you take your next walk out ...
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7 Stoic Strategies For Navigating The Modern Workplace

7 Stoic Strategies For Navigating The Modern Workplace | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The image of the Zen philosopher is the monk up in the green, quiet hills, or in a beautiful temple on some rocky cliff. The Stoic, on the other hand, is the antithesis of this idea. The Stoic is the…
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Stoic philosophy shares much with Zen Buddhist, Sufi, and Christian mystic philosophies. It is about being mindful and attentive to the world and how we are living.

What stoicism suggests is a blending of practical and meditative practices.
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The Best of Thich Nhat Hanh: Life, Quotes, and Books - Lion's Roar

The Best of Thich Nhat Hanh: Life, Quotes, and Books - Lion's Roar | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
An introduction to the life and teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, founder of Engaged Buddhism, prolific Zen teacher, best-selling author, and peace activist.
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This is an in-depth article about a great spiritual mind and leader.
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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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Want to Get More Done? Try Taking More Breaks 

Want to Get More Done? Try Taking More Breaks  | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Should you begin doing less, in order to accomplish more?

 

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Take time and listen to your spirit.
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Andrea Ross's curator insight, June 8, 2017 8:37 PM

""Taking a break every 90 minutes - yes please""

Paulette Dotson's curator insight, June 9, 2017 11:47 AM
Who knew that taking more breaks would lead to more productivity?  It gives us a chance to unwind and come back and see things with a new perspective.
Jerry Busone's curator insight, June 23, 2017 7:43 AM

A lot of truth to this ....

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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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Tom Wojick's curator insight, May 29, 2017 12:24 PM

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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The Ego And The True Self (or, Three Great Quotes About The Inner Life)

The Ego And The True Self (or, Three Great Quotes About The Inner Life) | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
In his book Fear of Life: The Wisdom of Failure psychotherapist Alexander Lowen wrote that it is the fate of modern men and women (particularly in western society) to become neurotic. The Oxford…
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The crux of the article and quotes is to point out how humans, particularly in the Western world, place undue burdens on themselves. Tapping into the inner life, the Self, is essential to living a fuller life.
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3 Ways To Discipline Your Monkey Mind - belfastvibe


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There are some good points made in the article.
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Learn to Respond, Not React! #1 Liked Blog!

Learn to Respond, Not React! #1 Liked Blog! | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

One of my favorite stories is a lesson about taking responsibility for our own lives. It is about learning to respond rather than react when we are confronted by “life”. 


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Respond and responsbility come from the same etymological roots.
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David Hain's curator insight, December 5, 2016 10:01 AM

Great parable and lesson about leadership form Dr Marshall Goldsmith!

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How to practice mindful working

How to practice mindful working | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Among the most significant qualities demonstrated by effective leaders is the ability to make meaning of their experiences by interpreting the deeper insights that can be gained from daily interactions in the workplace, especially when times are challenging.
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We do not just practice mindful working. Mindfulness is a way of living and being in the world. It is being present. To treat it otherwise, is to commodify a spirtitual way of being present to others and in the world.

There is nothing wrong with mindful working, but it is a way of living that includes our work.
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Alan Watts taught me the “trick” to meditation (and how most of us get it wrong)

Alan Watts taught me the “trick” to meditation (and how most of us get it wrong) | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Have you ever tried to meditate? If so, you’ve probably tried to focus on your breath, or repeat a mantra. This is how I was taught to meditate, and it lead me down the completely wrong path. In
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The essential element is to close your eyes and listen to the sounds. It is being present, which is a wonderful way of being in the world.
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Mubashir Hussain's curator insight, November 9, 2017 5:32 AM

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Where's the Proof That Mindfulness Meditation Works?

Where's the Proof That Mindfulness Meditation Works? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The ubiquitous technique for relieving stress and pain has remarkably little scientific evidence backing it, a group of scientists contend
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"Lead author of the report Nicholas Van Dam, a clinical psychologist and research fellow in psychological sciences at the University of Melbourne, contends potential benefits of mindfulness are being overshadowed by hyperbole and oversold for financial gain."

It is the last point that concerns me. Being mindful is to be present to people and things most immediate in our lives.
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My Incredibly Simple Guide To Stoicism — Learn Wisdom You Can Practically Use

My Incredibly Simple Guide To Stoicism — Learn Wisdom You Can Practically Use | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The problem I’ve had is that it’s one of those topics that people love to complicate. The reason for the complication is that many of the teachings that come from Stoicism are spoken in English from…
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Although there are differences, Stoicism overlaps with other meditative practices i.e. Buddhism, Yoga, mysticism, etc. This article is helpful in making sense of the overlaps and differences.
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How to Refresh Your Brain to Restore High-Level Thinking

How to Refresh Your Brain to Restore High-Level Thinking | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
You can impact your brain function and cognitive abilities by making simple tweaks here and there to your daily routine. If you are looking to improve your concentration to perform better at work, or…
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Meditating is essential. It is non-thinking and giving the brain and body a break.
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Can 10 Minutes of Meditation Make You More Creative?

Can 10 Minutes of Meditation Make You More Creative? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Google, Goldman Sachs, and Medtronic have all introduced mindfulness practices.
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There is excellent research (Richard Davidson, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ellen Langer, etc.) about the role meditation can play in being more creative and present in the world. What I fear is that meditation becomes a means to an instrumental ends i.e. profit and not about well-being.
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It can be hard, but reflection is a powerful exercise

It can be hard, but reflection is a powerful exercise | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Sometimes looking back is painful. Sometimes the memories of what has happened are not at all comfortable, not at all pleasant. It’s hard, so we lock it up deep in our minds and throw away the key…
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It is hard to reflect, in part because the objective is to critically self-reflect on who you are and what you are doing. I think the other challenge is finding a method that works for each person. It is somewhat idiosyncratic.
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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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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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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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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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Integrating Mindfulness & Social-Emotional Learning Programs - Mindful Schools

Integrating Mindfulness & Social-Emotional Learning Programs - Mindful Schools | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
What are the similarities and differences between mindfulness and social and emotional learning (SEL)? How do the two approaches converge or collide? How might integrating mindfulness amplify the effects of existing SEL programs?

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Mindfulness benefits teachers and students.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 10, 2017 9:26 AM
I think mindfulness in schools is an essential component for the 21st Century teacher and student.