Inspiration

The Relevance of Mindfulness in Leadership

 Introduction The growing interest in Mindfulness comes at a time when traditional thinking about leadership development is being questioned. In light of the many failures of leadership across all sectors over recent decades (economic, social, environmental, political, technological, military) the tried and trusted approaches have been revealed to be no longer fit for purpose. A…

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We Shape Ourself

We shape our self to fit this world and by the world are shaped again. The visible and the invisible working together in common cause, to produce the miraculous. I am thinking of the way the intangible air passed at speed round a shaped wing easily holds our weight. So may we, in this life…

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An introduction to Mindfulness

“Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally…to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.” Jon Kabat-Zinn Organisational life these days is a seemingly infinite list of unanswered questions and daily challenges arising as part of a relentless pace of change. It…

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The Wolves Within

An old Grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice, “Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate wears you…

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The Invitation

Oriah Mountain Dreamer It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for…

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The Gift Of Being Present

‘Close your eyes, notice your thoughts, notice the moments between those thoughts. You are truly present in the moment between your thoughts.’  The gift of being present: right here, right now Have you ever been physically somewhere but your mind is somewhere else? Do you find yourself in a conversation when you aren’t really listening…

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Strategies for working with the Inner Critic

Simply observe with mindfulness – without identifying with the thoughts Naming the judging thought – ‘judging, judging’ Speaking your own truth ‘Ow that hurts’ ‘I don’t like that’ Shift attention from the judgment to your own felt experience Humour/sarcasm Breaks identification and seriousness of judgments ‘Wow, I never knew that, that’s really interesting, anything else…

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Positive questions to lift the day

Our life experience is based on what we focus on. Come up with at least one answer to each of these questions and feel fully associated (experience the feelings). If you have difficulty discovering an answer simply add the word ‘could’. Example: “What could I be most happy about in my life now?” What am I…

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Instructions for Life from the Dalai Lama

Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, respect for others and responsibility for all your actions. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. Learn the rules so you know how…

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Inside Out Teaches Us About Emotions

This animated flick is perfect for explaining the complicated topic of emotions to everyone—young and old. By Jennifer Wolkin, July 28, 2015 Inside Out revolves around the life an 11-year old girl named Riley, who is moving across the country with her family. At such an impressionable age, a move is a huge transition, and she…

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