Showing posts from April 23, 2017

Inspirational Quote – April 29, 2017

“If you want to see a miracle, just open your eyes. Everywhere you look, there’s magic in disguise.”

Oh there is, there is! Take time to appreciate the miracles around you all the time, every day. A new baby, a flower, even the rain that we often complain about but without which everything on our world including us, would perish. True miracles are to be found in the wonders of nature around us, or people acting unselfishly towards others, our health professionals who care for us, etc. True magic is to be found in all of these and more. It’s up to each and every one of us to notice and appreciate the magic enhancing our own lives and the lives of those we love.

The Power of the Mindful Minute at Work: One Company's Brave Exp

Investing and finance aren't exactly fields synonymous with mindfulness and kindness, but some companies are starting to change that. During his annual review at an investment firm, Birju Pandya's boss looked at him and said, "You've done well. What do you want?" Pandya, now a senior advisor at RSF, calls it "the 'Godfather offer'" of the investment bank world. His mind teetered on the verge of a typical answer and then he took a totally different tack, "I'd like to start every team meeting we have with a minute of silence," he said. There was a long pause, then came the definitive answer, "No," his boss said. But the next morning, perhaps after reflecting on all that his employee could have asked for instead, he softened and agreed to the unconventional request. An intriguing first step, but even he couldn't have anticipated what would unfold from there over the next few years. In this brief video, Pandya shares the …

Inspirational Quote – April 28, 2017

“Each new moment is a place you’ve never been.”

Very true isn’t it? We don’t often stop to think about this though do we? Too much going on, too many things to do, people to see etc. Take a moment to think about it. Each new moment in your life is unique to you and only to you. Once it’s gone it’s gone, never to return but yet puts another stitch in the tapestry of your life that’s an ongoing work of art, your own personal masterpiece! Appreciate the moment before you wish it farewell forever….

A Nobel Laureate on the Power of Not Knowing

"Surrender to not-knowing" was the catchphrase of poet Wislawa Szymborska who offered this as a guide to participate in the wonder of creation as an artist. Whether a scientist, poet, or everyday worker we are all artists as we become co-creators in life. As we step into each moment with the willingness to allow for the unexpected to unfold, we make art with the stuff of our lives. The alternative for some is to control and define with closed minds what life should be instead of what it could be. Instead of contracting back into certainty Szymborska challenges us to live bravely in the "I don't know" that defines the inexplicable nature of our existence here on Earth. By opening themselves to the unknown, artists of all kinds have been led to discoveries and inventions that have changed life on Earth for the better. Read more about Szymborska and her perspectives on uncertainty.…

Making SEL the DNA of a School

ByVicki Zakrzewski

School and district leaders share their stories of how they are infusing SEL into everything they do.

Districts and schools all over the country are working hard to make social-emotional learning (SEL) a part of the “DNA” of the educational process, meaning they’re going beyond just the adoption of an SEL curricula and are incorporating SEL into school climate, discipline policies, teacher professional development, and the like. But for educational leaders who are new to SEL or who are trying to figure out where to start, this process can seem overwhelming. Thankfully, theCollaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)has created anexcellent set of guidelinesfor implementing SEL into schools and districts, including factors such as supportive leadership, weaving SEL into classroom curriculum and instruction, and getting parents on board. But what’s it like to work in a school that’s trying to integrate SEL at every level? To find out, we reached out to…

Inspirational Quote – April 27, 2017

“Don’t expect only happiness in your life. There are going to be dark times, but remember that stars need darkness to shine.”

I think most of us know that life isn’t unending happiness but a combination of happiness and unhappiness, unfortunately for some of us, in unequal measures. However, that’s life and there’s nothing we can do about it but accept and do our best to cope and move on from the unhappy times. The only good thing, if there is such a thing, is that the unhappy times should bring us the realization that the happy times need to be enjoyed and treasured. Just like the stars need darkness in order to shine, so the happy times need the unhappy times to make us value them as we should.

Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Lessons in Giving Thanks

In a consumer-driven society, it's easy to take for granted the abundance of Earth's natural resources by which we're surrounded: fresh air to breathe, plants, water, and food. What if we looked at each of these life-giving sources as gifts, fellow persons even, rather than mere objects for our taking? YES! Magazine writer Robin Wall Kimmerer challenges readers to consider how we treat and interact with the organic materials on which our lives depend, and look more closely at how we can replenish as much as we absorb. The Honorable Harvest, an indigenous practice, applies to every exchange between people and Earth, and is governed by reciprocity, gratitude, and taking only what you need. Kimmerer writes, "When we speak of the living world as kin, we also are called to act in new ways, so that when we take those lives, we must do it in such a way that brings honor to the life that is taken and honor to the ones receiving it."…

Can Empathy Protect You from Burnout?

BySummer Allen

A new study suggests more empathic police officers are less likely to become discouraged and demoralized.

While anyone can feel on-the-job burnout, those who work with people in distress are more at risk. People in helping occupations may also experience “compassion fatigue,” feeling less and less motivated and able to alleviate suffering. In those circumstances, they may begin to put up a wall between their and other people’s suffering. But is that the best choice? A newstudyaimed to answer this question by looking atempathy, burnout, and compassion fatigue in police officers who work with rape and sexual assault survivors. Their job is one that demands tremendous empathy. If survivors perceive the investigating officer to be empathic, they’re more likely “to continue with the prosecution process and go to court,” note study authors David Turgoose, Naomi Glover, Chris Barker, and Lucy Maddox of University College London. But officers can pay a cost for this work, experienc…

Do Mixed Emotions Make Life More Meaningful?

ByKira M. Newman

According to a new study,we don’t have to feel good all the timein order to live a fulfilling life.

Happy and sad. Excited and scared. While mixed emotions are familiar to many of us, they’re still a bit of a mystery to psychologists. Initially, many researchers believed—and some still do—that it isn’t possible to feel both positive and negative at the same time. Butmoreandmore researchis suggesting that mixed emotions do exist—more oftenas we get older, andamong women. But why would this kind of emotional experience be useful to us? Anew paperhas taken some early steps to explore how mixed emotions contribute to our well-being, and it suggests that they may play a role in the search for meaning in life. How happy-sad are you?The paper covers two studies. In the first, researchers recruited 52 college seniors who were about to graduate. The seniors reported on the positive and negative emotions they were feeling at the moment, allowing the researchers to calculate a score…

Crazywise: A Filmmaker Explores the Heart of Mental Illness

Phil Borges is a dentist-turned-photographer, author, filmmaker and social change storyteller. For more than 25 years, he has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures in some of the world's most remote, inaccessible areas. His recent film Crazywise reveals a paradigm shift that's challenging the way Western culture defines and treats "mental illness" and highlights a survivor-led movement demanding more choices from a mental health care system in crisis. The film explores cultural differences with respect to consciousness, mental health and the relevance of Shamanic traditional practices and beliefs to those of us living in the modern world. More on Phil's journey in this in-depth interview.

Inspirational Quote – April 26, 2017

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”

It doesn’t take strength to do what we do every day as normally it involves just going along with whatever we have to in order to earn a living, run a household, a social life etc. etc. We do what we know we have to because that’s what life usually entails, just getting on with it. Strength comes into play when things don’t go the way we expect or want, and we doubt ourselves in being able to cope and overcome successfully. Much easier for us to ignore or expect someone else to sort things out for us. However, finding the strength to do it ourselves this time enables us to cope better the next time, and the next………..

Will Rosenzweig: Business Lessons from a Quiet Gardener

When William Rosenzweig learned he had been awarded the prestigious Oslo Business for Peace Award via a Google news alert -- he immediately assumed it was spam. But it was in fact real. A 2010 recipient of this award, selected by a committee of Nobel Laureates for the highest distinction given to a businessperson for outstanding accomplishments in the area of ethical business, Will has spent more than twenty-five years integrating the practices and perspectives of an entrepreneur, venture investor, and pioneering educator in order to help transform global corporate business practice. Much of his inspiration in the corporate world comes from a seemingly unlikely place -- the garden. Here is an excerpt from his acceptance speech.

How to Cultivate Awe with a Walking Meditation

ByDacher Keltner

Tap into a deeper sense of purpose and well-being with a 360° guided mindfulness practice through Muir Woods in California.

We are all naturally endowed with a set of passions that enable us to find our purpose, increase our well-being, and navigate our place in the social world. These passions include gratitude, compassion, mirth, and (our focus here)awe. Jose Luis Aranda Nucamendi Awe is the experience we have when we encounter things that are vast and large and that transcend our current understanding of the world. The Greek philosopherProtagorasbelieved that our capacity for awe is our defining strength, the engine of creativity, discovery, purpose, and health. And the science could not agree more:Brief experiences of awe—for example, standing amidst tall trees—lead people to bemore altruistic, less entitled, more humble and aware of the strengths of others, and less stressed by the challenges of daily living. These brief experiences are good for theimmune system,stir…