All of the ways meditation positively impacts the brain even in a very short time. – DaveScience is revealing various mindfulness techniques that can literally change and restructure our brain. Neuroscientist Sara Lazar from Mass General and Harvard Medical School is one of the latest to illustrate this. After she sustained running injuries, she took up yoga. It had a tremendous effect on her, which inspired her to start researching the scientific […]
Authenticity in leadership needs to be recognized, modeled, and adopted. The study of this combination of mindfulness, self-awareness, and clear management principles aligned with positive values has become a passion of mine. This post speaks to the importance of authenticity and how it manifests. Most importantly for me, articulating values and living in conformance with them. – Dave
There is a Buddhist text called the Sedaka Sutta, or The Bamboo Acrobat, in which the Buddha presents the analogy of the exquisite balance required by two acrobats to perform a complex act. Each performer must be firmly rooted in their own center of gravity, while simultaneously staying attuned to the subtle adjustments of their partner. In the same way, healthy relationships strike a delicate balance between autonomy and compassion through sensitivity, awareness, and on-going investigation. If we err on the side of autonomy, we can become cold, indifferent, or self-centered. Yet if we put all of our focus on others out of fear, habit, duty, or self-deprecation, we neglect our own needs, build resentment, and burn out.
In short, to maintain balance in a relationship, or as text itself says, in the effort to be mindful, we need to look after both ourselves and others. Without one or the other, what is analogous to an acrobatic feat falls apart.
Communications in the workplace came to mind.
How many times have you not listened in a conversation?… Read the rest and share
Seems like we’re all searching for something all the time. A nicer house. A better job. A sense of peace. Belonging. A way to keep your puppy from going crazy at 8pm howling time.
Often the need for change arises from a deep-seated feeling that where you are right now is not in sync with who you are or want to be. A search for alignment, in other words.
In Mindful’s What it Means to Have Clear Vision, Rich Fernandez shares the journey he took to reach his purpose and offers ways for you to reach yours.
I’m leaving it there. I hope you’ll take some time to read Rich’s work closely and consider the message. It certainly spoke to me.
When my kids were younger, we’d take walks along Coot Lake near our home in Boulder, Colorado and pretend that a birdman lived there, a hybrid hiding in the trees. We’d make up stories about him. And as they grew older, the story of The Birdman of Coot Lake became more elaborate.
Recently, we decided to take the “legend” of The Birdman of Coot Lake to a whole different level. My 10 year old and I spent some time during the COVID-19 quarantine launching a site to share our invented story and sell t-shirts to support Denver’s Wild Bird Rescue and Rehab.
We wrote the legend together. We developed the site together on Shopify and designed a logo with the help of a designer on Fiverr. We arranged for product fulfillment through Printify and priced the t-shirts after calculating our expenses. We also launched Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts.
So what does this have to do with mindfulness or leadership?
• We came up with the story collaboratively. Leaders collaborate with others.
• The development of the story and the creation of the “business” required creativity at every step. Leaders need to think outside the box.
• When his older brothers wanted to get involved, our founder (i.e.… Read the rest and share
“Everything happens for a reason.” If you haven’t heard that one a hundred times this week, you’re not paying attention. Maybe you’re too busy having fun with new Zoom backdrops. (By the way, take it from me, Zooming is a blast when you’re hanging with the Tiger King.)
Anyway, people are saying it a lot, generally muffled under a face mask.
I think it’s what people say to rationalize troubling and seemingly random events. It’s as if a cosmic reason for a calamity would make it less painful.
Does everything happen for a reason? Personally, I don’t care.
When it comes to events like the COVID-19 pandemic, looking for root causes is clearly important. However, looking for cosmic reasons seems counter productive when there can be meaning and action regardless.
Whatever the reason for a calamity, it’s an opportunity to take a breath, and do something.
In the coronavirus context, we can prepare better for the next pandemic. We can build social safety nets that work. We can treat each other more kindly, because we’ve shared in a crisis. We can stock up on – not hoard – disinfectant wipes.
In less dramatic circumstances, like missing a bus, people still say “Everything happens for a reason.”… Read the rest and share