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Tranquility Quotes To Inspire Your Visit To HuffPost's Oasis

Tranquility Quotes To Inspire Your Visit To HuffPost's Oasis | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Peace, calm and serenity: three components of The Huffington Post's Oasis that make it the tranquil space it is. Attendees have been seen napping, practicing yoga and clearing their heads.

Via Dr. Amy Fuller
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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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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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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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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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America’s most perceptive theological critic – Everything Comes – Medium

America’s most perceptive theological critic – Everything Comes – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
L. Frank Baum saw America right. “America’s most perceptive theological critic” is published by Stephen C. Rose in Everything Comes
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I will not read the Wizard of Oz the same.
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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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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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Why Our Idea of Work Is Completely Wrong – Personal Growth – Medium

Why Our Idea of Work Is Completely Wrong – Personal Growth – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
He is known today for the work he did to popularize Zen concepts in the west. Through his books and his recorded lectures, he touched on almost every major contradiction in life. His signature…
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Alan Watts and his Zen concepts provide wonderful insights into the world we inhabit. He argued that we strive for things, but work is a foreign concept. In essence, work for the sake of itself is boring and counter to human existence. The key is play and enjoying what we do. If we do not and only strive for material rewards, work is all we will have in its most mundane forms.
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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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Taoism and Nature – Charlie Ambler – Medium

Taoism and Nature – Charlie Ambler – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The Tao abides in non-action,
Yet nothing is left undone.
If kings and lords observed this,
The ten thousand things would develop naturally.
If they still desired to act,
They would return to the…
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Deep ecology is about being part of nature not outside it. It draws on existentialist philosophy, Eastern philosophies, the old Testament, and poetry. The word deep means to go deeper and think about how we are part of something larger than our selves.

The contriubtions of mindfulness is to let go and accept living involves suffering.
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Twenty eight good, recent research articles on compassion & mindfulness.

28 recent abstracts including Cheng on encouraging benefit-finding in Alzheimer caregivers, Dam's critical look at the current state of mindfulness research, and Diedrich on self-compassion's promotion of effective emotion tolerance in depression.


Via Dr James Hawkins, Arron Saini
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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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Francis’s Holy War – Matter –

If you intend to be a proper Catholic priest, you would be wise to follow the little formalities of the church. When in Rome, for example, you are required to wear your cassock or at least a clergy…
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Leading spiritually is leading often without being noticed.
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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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New Study Finds Meditation With Walking Reduces Anxiety

New Study Finds Meditation With Walking Reduces Anxiety | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A new study finds that combining meditation before or after a walk reduces anxiety more than just a walk.

Via American Institute Health Care Professionals, Create Wise Leader
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When I walk, I find it a space to meditate and be mindful of my surroundings.
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Meditation while walking helps you to concentrate on your breathing and you become more mindful .
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A Better, Easier Way to Journal – Personal Growth – Medium

A Better, Easier Way to Journal – Personal Growth – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
I’ve placed a higher emphasis recently on journaling — and why shouldn’t I? The list of benefits we can derive from keeping a journal are numerous and have been documented for years. The list goes on…
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The three things are thank, learn, and connect. What makes them essential to journaling is they focus on the person journaling rather than external. What do I feel as I experience my life?
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To Get the Most Out of Life, Dance – Personal Growth – Medium

To Get the Most Out of Life, Dance – Personal Growth – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Time marches on. Sometimes, we become so immersed in our careers and lives, we fail to recognize the passage of time. It hits us when we look at old photos, and realize how much time has passed. Ever…
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What keeps us afloat? The four things are family/friends, good health, passion/compassion, and faith, believing in something bigger.

"Dance like no body is watching."
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These Four Thinkers Will Change Your Life – The Mission – Medium

These Four Thinkers Will Change Your Life – The Mission – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
An entry point into her discoveries might be that she taught how to explore, understand, and study your personal history as a child. This has always been an area where we’re told to not look, as it…
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The four thinkers are Alice Miller about anger and agression, Joseph Campbell about solitude, Carl Jung about meaningfulness, and Jordan Peterson on how to turn the first three's work into practical steps.
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City With No Neighbors – Arc Digital

City With No Neighbors – Arc Digital | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
History can give us examples of seriously baffling endorsements. One of the most surprising saw a titan of industry sing the praises of a titan of verse. Andrew Carnegie, whose imperious steel mills…
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I am reading The Company of Strangers by Parker Palmer. Strangers are an essential part of our life. We tend to retreat when we come in contact with others who are different.

In my dissertation, a phrase that emerged was "differences make a difference."
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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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Einstein's Lost Advice for Life and Work Was to Remember 2 Simple Things

Einstein's Lost Advice for Life and Work Was to Remember 2 Simple Things | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The iconoclastic smart guy had a few basic tips for living that still ring true after nearly a century.
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The two pieces of advice are a quiet and modest life and where there is a will there is a way.
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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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9 Mind-Expanding Books of Philosophy That Are Actually Readable (A Guide to Practical Philosophy)

9 Mind-Expanding Books of Philosophy That Are Actually Readable (A Guide to Practical Philosophy) | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Very few people wake up and think “I need philosophy.” This is perfectly understandable. But of course, everyone has their own problems and are dealing with the difficulties of life in some way or…
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