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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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A Stoic Guide To Navigating The Modern Workplace –

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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Zen and Stoicism do overlap in the mindful way they approach the world.

When I read the article, I was struck by how it might inform my teaching.
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I Was A Skeptic Of Mindfulness … Until I Tried To Make My Case

I Was A Skeptic Of Mindfulness … Until I Tried To Make My Case | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The science behind mindfulness shows that the practice does have benefits -- though there's still plenty we don't know.
Via Martin Debattista
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Mindfulness and meditative practices involving it are about being present in the world and to others. It is hard work and practice is both a verb and noun.
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Meditations. The single practice that will change your life forever

I started my meditation journey after I passed Sparta. I was following my coach Anton on SNS and watching his videos where he emphasized the importance of meditations in his morning routine. At that…
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There are several lessons learned in the article. The first one about failing is ongoing. I continue to fail in meditation and being present. That is why it is called practice.
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Before You Can Be with Others, First Learn to Be Alone

Before You Can Be with Others, First Learn to Be Alone | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Time on your own means time to tell the difference between right and wrong.

 
 

Via Bobby Dillard
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Reflecting and solitude have a long history. It is in those moments of solitude that we reflect on what is right and wrong. We ask the hard questions and wonder about the world.
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Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density

Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Therapeutic interventions that incorporate training in mindfulness meditation have
become increasingly popular, but to date little is known about neural mechanisms associated
with these interventions. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), one of the most
widely used mindfulness training programs, has been reported to produce positive effects
on psychological well-being and to ameliorate symptoms of a number of disorders. Here,
we report a controlled longitudinal study to investigate pre–post changes in brain
gray matter concentration attributable to participation in an MBSR program.

Via Suzanne Izzard
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The more research we have into the impacts of mindfulness and meditative practices the more they may become part of our daily living. Hopefully, this does not mean a formulaic way of meditating and being mindful
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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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Let Go Or Be Dragged

Let Go Or Be Dragged | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
You do not suffer because things are impermanent. You suffer because things are impermanent and you think they are permanent.
— Thich Nhat Hanh Next time you feel upset, zoom out a bit. What are you…
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Mindfulness and being present to the world and others is essential.
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Why Your Mindfulness Efforts Aren’t Working

Why Your Mindfulness Efforts Aren’t Working | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Give it at least 10 minutes a day.
Via James Schreier
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St. Francis de Sales said to set aside time each day and, when we think we do not need to meditate, set aside more time.
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Can Kindness Be Contagious, Even At Work?

Richard J. Davidson
 

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It may take time, but kindness can be contagious. Imagine what this might look like in a classroom.
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All You Need To Know About Stoicism In One Table – Personal Growth – Medium

In a very personal TED talk, Tim Ferriss shares the story of his almost-suicide. Struggling with depression more than the average person, he says he’s spent a great deal of his life finding ways to…
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There is more than one table. The key is to live in the present and to understand what we each control in each moment.
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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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15 Great Quotes About Self-Awareness

15 Great Quotes About Self-Awareness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The best workplace leaders are highly self-aware. Servant-leaders value self-awareness and cultivate it. Here are 15 great self-awareness quotes.
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Although the quotes are about self-awareness, they are about servant-leadership as well. Being self-aware is essential to serving and leading.
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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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What it Really Means to Hold Space for Someone

What it Really Means to Hold Space for Someone | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Do you want to be there for a loved one, but don't know how? Here are some techniques to help you 'hold space' for people in need.

Via Annette Schmeling
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When the time comes to hold space in trying moment, having practiced in our daily lives might make a difference. This can be done while eating, listening to people, teaching, etc.
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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, March 29, 2017 5:51 PM
Being fully present, and affirming and confirming the sacred worth and value of the other, releases a relational power. "Holding Space" and genuine tuning in enables us to move from our own willfulness and self, and by grace, to support genuine inter-human connections. The opportunity to express our unique wholeness and to affirm that in another is available to us each and every day. 
Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 2, 2017 10:36 AM

So much to learn...

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10 Tips To Easily Understand Mindfulness

More and more we see or hear the word Mindfulness nearly everyday. But what does it mean and will you benefit fro


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