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November Monthly Newsletter

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Hello Mindful Leaders,

How can gratitude help us become more successful? Can we still celebrate the values of Thanksgiving while acknowledging the pain it brings others? What did the founder of Mindful Leader and a participant of Meditate Together take away from meditating for 24 sessions in a row?

Curious what articles stood out over the last 30 days? Having a hard time keeping up with our content-packed weekly newsletters? We've got you covered. Enjoy, and if you're looking for this …

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November 22 2022 Newsletter

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Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate and Happy Native American Heritage Day.


Hello Mindful Leaders,

Can we still celebrate the values of Thanksgiving while acknowledging the pain it brings others? How can you stop the pattern of regenerating painful emotions from your past? What is self-compassion and how can you use it as a skill to improve your performance?

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Is it okay to say… Happy Thanksgiving?

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By Mo Edjlali, Mindful Leader Founder and CEO

Growing up in elementary school we would all hear this story of Thanksgiving, it goes something like this - 

A long time ago when the pilgrims first arrived in America they were struggling to get settled in. As winter approached they feared for their survival and were facing possible starvation. Then they meet the Indians. They formed a friendship with the Indians based on mutual respect and sharing of food and resources. They became friends and al…

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When Forgiveness Becomes an Act of Self-Care

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By Jim Blake, Guest Contributor

Sooner or later, despite our best efforts, every business leader will have feelings of self-doubt, inadequacy, insecurity, and fear. Too often we ignore these feelings by pressing them down or attempting to put a positivity bandage on them. But avoidance will only lead to a cycle of repetition. Instead, we must have the courage to look at our pain, our sorrow, our trauma—and the feelings that result—without letting them define us.

Depending on your life experien…

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November 15 2022 Newsletter

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Hello Mindful Leaders,

What does the latest neuroscience say about multitasking, achieving a mindfulness ‘high’, and how breathing affects the brain? How can we accept longing while also practicing gratitude? What is self-compassion and how can you use it as a skill to improve your performance?

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November Neuroscience Round-Up for Mindful Leaders

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By The Mindful Leader Team

How many projects should you work on at once for maximum productivity? This month’s Round-Up has the answer (it’s five), as well as the science behind achieving a mindfulness ‘high’, how breathing affects the brain, promising new treatments for changing epigenetic expression in teen trauma survivors, and even a new theory of consciousness. We have summarized the main ideas and key takeaways below with links to the full articles.

Your Brain Absolutely Can't Handle Mor…

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How to Motivate Yourself with Kindness

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Kristin Neff, Ph.D. at the 2019 Mindful Leadership Summit.

How to Motivate Yourself with Kindness with Kristin Neff, Ph.D. from @Work 2019. Dr. Kristin Neff, an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, illustrates the importance of self-compassion, from the individual, to business context, to use with military veterans. She explains the difference between motivation by self-compassion and self-esteem. Self-compassion is a caring, open, and learning stance towards…

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Finding the Balance Between Gratitude and Longing

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By Joy Reichart, New Ventures West, Guest Contributor

The sun rose slowly above the redwoods surrounding the park as we ‘cooled down’ from that chilly morning’s tai chi practice. As we took our full minute to stand in stillness and center ourselves, I began to notice that the phrase “thank you” was riding on each exhale. Thank you for this exceptionally beautiful neighborhood. Thank you for the recent, much-needed rain that has popped everything into technicolor. Thank you for this circle of ki…

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November 8 2022 Newsletter

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Reminder: Today is Election Day in the US. Make sure to get out and vote!


Hello Mindful Leaders,

Can mindfulness be used as a political tool? How can mindfulness allow deeper respect for interdependence and connectedness with one another? Why do mindfulness teachers produce repetitive, trite "McMindfulness?"

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Paradox, Prediction & Perception: Why Context Matters in the Practice and Embodiment of Mindful Awareness

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By Michelle L. Maldonado, Guest Contributor 

What happens to one of us, happens to all of us. These words repeat themselves like a song’s refrain playing over and over again in my mind just as strongly today as when my family and I first began to speak this phrase some time ago.

For many in our families, communities, and places of work, the vision and wish for equality and equity, coupled with wise and compassionate action to transform societal conditions, have been a life-long endeavor. For o…

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