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Can Kindness Be Contagious, Even At Work?

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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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This Ancient Habit Will Maximize Your Focus – Personal Growth – Medium

Ever since I was little, I worried about many things. My favorite topics were money, health, and my future. What’s your favorite topic to worry about? And don’t tell me you never worry or fear…
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A mantra has to be more than wordsw. Jacques Derrida wrote about the empty mottos that come from the French word mots (words). The words have to be more than words. They must hold deeper meaning for the person citing them.
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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.

 
 

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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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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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A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Awareness

A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Awareness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The vast majority of people — up to 95 percent, in fact — believe they have a decent amount of self-awareness. And maybe you’re one of the lucky 10 to 15 percent who really does have an accurate view of themselves — but if we’re going by the numbers, well, the odds aren’t in your favor.

Those statistics are based on years of research from psychologist Tasha Eurich, author of the book Insight. “On a good day, 80 percent of us are lying to ourselves about whether we’re lying to ourselves,” Eurich says. Making things extra tricky is the fact that self-awareness has two components: Internal self-awareness is the ability to introspect and recognize your authentic self, whereas external self-awareness is the ability to recognize how you fit in with the rest of the world. “It’s almost like two different camera angles,” Eurich says.

The two are independent, entirely different variables, meaning you can have one without the other. For example, maybe you know someone who is a complete navel-gazer with a high level of internal self-awareness. Yet you and everyone else think this person is a selfish jerk, but because he never receives external feedback, he has no idea. Conversely, someone could have a high level of external self-awareness, a clear understanding of how they fit in with the rest of the world, without knowing what they want and what makes them happy. To be truly, fully self-aware, though, you need both components — a feat that’s difficult to pull off for pretty much anyone. But, it’s worth noting, not impossible.

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Mindfulness and being present make a difference. When we are attentive to another person, we show we care for them in more than a superficial manner. In that moment, they are the most important person.

Being self-aware and present made a difference in my teaching.

Self-awareness is being aware of how we are reacting and responding to the world, animate and inanimate.
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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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The Most Important Asset in Your Life – Personal Growth – Medium

The Most Important Asset in Your Life – Personal Growth – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The most important asset in your life isn’t time, but attention. The quality of the experiences in your life doesn’t depend on how many hours there are in the day.
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Being mindful to what we are doing and the people who we are with is essential to living. In short, it is being fully present. It is what is described as "ruthless single-tasking."
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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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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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"I Will Never Be Happy"

"I Will Never Be Happy" | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Shredding the belief that “I will never be happy” is the first step toward achieving happiness. It’s not always easy, but there are some things you can remember to help make this belief weaker, and eventually get rid of it entirely.

The past doesn’t dictate the future. Just because you’ve never been happy before doesn’t mean you can’t be happy ever.

You have more control over your life than you think. Everyone has the power to turn their life around and be happy – if they are willing to put in the work to make gradual change.

Your worldview can sometimes become a self-fulfilling prophecy. By believing “I will never be happy” you in fact think and act in ways that reinforce this and make it more true.



By expanding your worldview to include the possibility of happiness, you are more open to thoughts and actions that make you happy.



Our negative beliefs are often faulty and prone to error. Question yourself by asking, “Why do I believe this?” or “Are there situations or events that may make this NOT true?” You will often find ways in which your belief is false.

Replace these negative beliefs with ones that are more practical and optimistic. “I can be happy” is a completely attainable goal that can be achieved with faith, persistence, and dedication toward a new life.

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Part of being mindful is understanding "this too shall pass."
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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.
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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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Creating A Mindful Life In A Distracted World – Hacker Noon

Most of us are taught, from a very young age onward, to desire success. Success — the quest for it and the act of chasing our goals and dreams — can be a potent personal animator. We exert effort. We…
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Mindfulness is mindfulness. It does not have any external purpose other than to be aware of the space we inhabit at a particular time: now.
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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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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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Alan Watts: 33 of his Best Quotes and a Video – The Mission – Medium

Alan Watts: 33 of his Best Quotes and a Video – The Mission – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Alan Watts (1915-1973) was a philosopher, writer, and speaker. Although best known for popularizing Zen and Buddhist teachings to a Western audience, Watts wrote on a variety of other topics…
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I used Alan Watts in my dissertation. It was about how we live in a wiggly world.
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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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The Secret to Success Isn’t What You Think – Personal Growth – Medium

The Secret to Success Isn’t What You Think – Personal Growth – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
They think of their favorite writers, musicians, and athletes, and they reflect on the attention they get, the money they have accumulated, and the level of skill and the quality of work that seems…

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Being mindful and present to whatever is immediately in front of us and those people we are with is essential. Mindful teaching is listening to each student in a way that focuses on what they say to you and listening deeply.
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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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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.
 
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 5, 2017 10:26 AM

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.