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» A Quick Exercise to Calm Your Brain - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

» A Quick Exercise to Calm Your Brain - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Sometimes we're moving so fast we miss out on what's here that can calm us down and open us up to a more resilient life. Here's a short practice to help

Via Dr. Amy Fuller
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It does not take anything complicated and, in fact, a person wants something they can remember. I use a lovingkindness meditation: may I be filled with loving kindness; may I be well; may I be at peace and at ease; may I be happy.

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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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The Paradox of Spirituality — What It Means to Live

A main spiritual paradox of life lies in the idea that you can do nothing to create wholeness. All you can do is learn to sit without haste in the life you have, waiting for God to grant you the…
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A short and informative article. Being an avid reader of Thomas Merton and Parker Palmer the idea of paradox resonates with me. As well, I am beginning to dig into Alan Watts who argued that faith is different than belief. Faith has uncertainty and we let go in our faith.
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What is Loving-Kindness? – Redefining Real Love –

It seems that now more than ever, we’re living in the era of “us vs. them,” primed to think of others — especially those who are different or who disagree with us — as separate from and alien to us…
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Loving-kindness is a way to see the other more fully. It dissolves artificial boundaries.
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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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Power Can Corrupt Leaders. Compassion Can Save Them

Power Can Corrupt Leaders. Compassion Can Save Them | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Being in charge changes how your brain works.

Via Ricard Lloria
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In a world beseiged by those who only want power, compassion is an essential ingredient in leading people.
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Power Can Corrupt Leaders. Compassion Can Save Them
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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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Sushma Sharma's curator insight, December 19, 2017 7:44 PM
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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Unleash the Buddha Within – Duncan Riach, Ph.D. –

I want you to stop pretending that you’re not enlightened. I want you to remember that you’ve been fooling yourself. You’ve been telling yourself stories about yourself that are not true. Look at…
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Turning inward, being mindful to one's self at a given time, and letting emotions flow is essential to living.
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How The Enlightenment Separated Humanity From Nature

Every intellectual movement casts its shadow — the Enlightenment is no exception. Beginning with early scientific thinkers like Francis Bacon and Rene Descartes, the study of observable nature was…
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If we see and undertand everything and everyone as a resource and asset, we are separated from living in the world and in relationships.
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30 Must-Read Quotes That Will Help You Turn Any Problem Into Something Great

What such a man needs is not courage but nerve control, cool headedness. This he can get only by practice. Don’t let the force of an impression when it first hit you knock you off your feet; just say…
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There are a range of quotes from ancient to modern times, cutting across disciplines.
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Can Kindness Be Contagious, Even At Work?

Richard J. Davidson
 

Via Pavel Barta
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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.
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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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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