Mindfulness Blog

April 4, 2016

New, from Sounds True,  Mindful Leadership Training: The Art of Inspiring the Best in Others by Leading from the Inside Out by Michael Carroll.

In this audio program, we will explore how to unleash our leadership talents, open courageously to life’s circumstances, and recognize how to skillfully inspire our world. We will learn how the practice of mindfulness-awareness...

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November 4, 2015

Research is showing that leaders who practice mindfulness experience heightened self-confidence, a more nuanced sense of autonomy, and richer emotional resilience and well-being.  

From Mindful.org, this article explores how mindfulness enhances overall employee well-being. 

October 7, 2015

When our life’s work confronts the tough realities of  death, disappointment, and existential doubt we may turn to our favorite Empiricist David Hume.  

 

How did Hume come up with these ideas, so profoundly at odds with the Western philosophy and religion of his day? What turned the neurotic Presbyterian teenager into the great founder of the European Enlightenment...

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October 2, 2015

A Sufi tale

One day the sun and a cave decided to have a conversation. During the chat, the sun was having a difficult time understanding what the cave meant by “dark, closed and dank” and the cave was confused by the sun’s notion of “light, open and clear”. So, they decided to change places and share perspectives.

The cave went up...

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September 16, 2015

Mindful leadership is less about relieving stress or becoming a “better version of who we are” but more about becoming familiar with our experience and noticing that we are hardwired to inspire the best in others.

April 6, 2015

by Yi‑Yuan Tang, Britta K. Hölzel, and Michael I. Posner

Research over the past two decades broadly supports the claim that mindfulness meditation — practiced widely for the reduction of stress and promotion of health — exerts beneficial effects on physical and mental health, and cognitive performance. Recent neuroimaging studies have begun to uncover the brain areas and...

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March 2, 2015

Orginially published in Mindful Magazine
March 1, 2015

Before we read further, let’s pause for a moment and consider our circumstances. Chances are if you are reading this magazine, you are in a comfortable, safe setting, with access to virtually unlimited...

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December 15, 2014

Here in this poem by Rumi we are reminded that by offering our very finest to others we can  inspire the best in our world with command, grace and distinction.

 

The Guest House

 

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness...

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November 11, 2014

A lesson from three monkeys

Question: Why are these three monkeys playing deaf, dumb and blind?  

  1. So they can appear innocent while ignoring reality.
  2. So they can be sincere and phony at the same time.
  3. So they can behave disgracefully without having to notice.
  4. All of the above   

Answer:  #4

While the conventional explanation is...

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October 18, 2014

Meditation practice introduces us to the fresh, open and spontaneous experience of our wakeful lives in the present moment. We also learn about our tendency to promptly camouflage this wakefulness as our “watcher” tries to catalogue life rather than actually live it. Here Daniel Kahneman helps us distinguish between our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves...

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