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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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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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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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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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What role can teachers play?
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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.

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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. 
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So much to learn...

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Teaching Empathy with Concrete Examples

Teaching Empathy with Concrete Examples | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Harvard Graduate School of Education’s “Making Caring Common” project suggests five ways to help kids demonstrate more empathy or kindness. They include using read alouds, exploring world geography, having a kindness competition, sit with someone new at lunch, and participating in community service.

Read alouds are one of my favorite ways to make issues relatable for my students. ReadBrightly is a great place to find ideas, including a list of picture books to help kids understand the refugee experience. But we must work to make empathy concrete beyond stories.

For starters, we must model empathy as we would any other skill. If you don’t listen to your students and use empathy as part of your classroom management, how likely are your students to show empathy to others?

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Forming empathy is challenging. Concrete examples make sense. Another approach might be to use literature and create dialogue about the literature. How does servant-leadership fit?
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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.

Via Sarantis Chelmis
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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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What can Western leaders learn from Africa?

What can Western leaders learn from Africa? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Leontine van Hooft explains the Power of African thinking, Ubuntu and unifying leadership. Western leaders can learn from Africa.

Via Dan Kirsch
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I have been fortunate and have spent time with people from different cultures, including African. Ubuntu is seeing the other person as a person and taking time to acknowledge their presence. As one person from Africa told me, when they are in North America, they find it difficult not to get caught up in the rush of life.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 21, 2017 4:08 PM
What if we focused on long-term relationships and sustainability? This is about Ubuntu and unifying leadership. Consider the recent American elections. It was about dividing and remains so, rather than being about unifying. The closet we come to this is servant-leadership and we avoid it, because it is hard work.
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How Meditating Helps You with Difficult Emotions - Mindful

How Meditating Helps You with Difficult Emotions - Mindful | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
In this five-part series, we look at a range of emotions and some meditative practices to work with them more creatively.

Via Pavel Barta
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Finding ways to pause and allow yourself to take a deep breath is important. To be present is key.
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Teaching kids how to do chores boosts work ethic and empathy, study finds

Teaching kids how to do chores boosts work ethic and empathy, study finds | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

According to a recent study, when children do chores they learn to be more empathetic, they better understand the importance of contributing to family and are well-adjusted. But it isn't just about telling kids to do chores — it's teaching them how.



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When we take time and teach children, we spend time with them and help them grow. We model appropriate behaviour.
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, July 16, 2015 6:16 PM

Isn't it ironic that the things our society discards in order to emphasize academics (arts in school, free time, chores) seem to be the very things that seem to help children grow up to be successful in both life and academics, and the things that we emphasize are the things that turn children off of school and even learning. -Lon

Jason Smith's curator insight, July 17, 2015 6:30 PM

Teaching responsibility, sounds like homework responsibility to me.

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Empathy Lesson One: Empathy is different than compassion

Empathy Lesson One: Empathy is different than compassion | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

One reason that empathy training programs have not worked or have had mixed results is that they train the participants in compassion, being nice, conflict resolution, baby and child care, and a number of worthy and related tasks. This is all excellent, and the use of empathic methods in these areas is making the world a better place, so keep it up.

 

There is nothing wrong with being nice and so on. Pardon the double negative: don’t not be nice. But something is missing – empathy. Expanding one’s empathy requires an engagement with one’s own inauthenticities around empathy. Most people would rather not look at their own blind spots about empathy. Most people would rather not look at how their own empathy breaks down and fails. Expanding one’s empathy requires engaging with one’s own resistance to empathy. Until we engage with our own resistance to empathy we will remain stuck in our blind posts, break downs, burn outs, and compassion fatigue.


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Empathy is the ability to relate to what another person or other people are experiencing. It is not just loving and sharing with them. It is being able to relate in some manner to their experiences.
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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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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

Via Pavel Barta
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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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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 […]

Via Suvi Salo
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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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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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malek's curator insight, March 26, 2017 4:40 PM

successful apologies heal because they satisfy one, if not more, psychological needs.

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Personalising education by introducing the spiritual dimension - an antidote to linear standardised teaching

Personalising education by introducing the spiritual dimension - an antidote to  linear standardised teaching | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Educational ideas from Ireland 'Learning by Wandering' by Marie Martin I have just been looking at a book ,'Learning b
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This is an interesting idea. If we tap into who we as a person and the wisdom that precedes us, it breaks away from the monotony of sameness. Perhaps we conform to a certain way of teaching because it is easier. What if we imagined a different way of teaching that reached down into our souls?
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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

Via Sarantis Chelmis
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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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A Basic Meditation to Tame Your Inner Critic - Mindful

A Basic Meditation to Tame Your Inner Critic - Mindful | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
An in-the-moment exercise for confronting the nagging voice in your head.

Via Pavel Barta
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Mindfulness and meditation are practices we can undertake in the moment.
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Circle of Trust Touchstones • Center for Courage & Renewal

Circle of Trust Touchstones • Center for Courage & Renewal | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
“A small circle of limited duration that is intentional about its process will have a deeper, more life-giving impact than a large, ongoing community that is shaped by the norms of conventional culture.” —Parker J. Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness Facilitators of Courage & Renewal programs use these basic Touchstones to help define clear boundaries for  Continue Reading »

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Parker Palmer's writing is important for teachers and others who live to serve others.
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