Mindful Leadership

6 Highlights for Mindful Leaders from Ray Dalio's AMA Session

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By Mo Edjlali, Mindful Leader President and Chief Community Organizer

The billionaire Ray Dalio founded Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge-fund, in 1975. His net worth is $18.4 billion.  In 2017 tweeted:  “Transcendental Meditation has probably been the single most important reason for whatever success I’ve had...”. 

On May 7th, Dalio hosted a candid Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), during which people on Reddit could ask him any questions they’d like. He began the Q&A by posting: “I’m Ray…

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Embodying Unbreakable Wholeness and Well-Being

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By Richard Miller, PhD, guest contributor

We experience ourselves and the world around us through our body, as every inner and outer perception that we experience is registered within as sensation. It is our ability to be aware of and respond to our internal somatic sensations, as messengers, that enables us to successfully navigate the ins and outs of everyday life and relationships, and embody our fullest potential to be an integrated, self-regulated, individuated, and fully awake human being.


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3 Steps to Mastering Flow - the Secret to High Engagement and Performance

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By Cara Bradley, Host of Embodiment @ Work Summit 2019, guest contributor

“The holy grail of today’s workplace is high employee engagement.” - Harvard Business Review, February 16, 2017

Top leaders know that high engagement leads to high performance. Engaged employees are happier and work harder on the job. Low engagement, on the other hand, cost US companies a cool $550 billion in lost revenue per year.

So how do you make your people more engaged? Well we all know telling them to be more en…

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3 Challenges being an Old White Guy

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By Rev. Dr. Bob Melone, guest contributor
Serving as pastor to nearly 200 people in a Presbyterian Church in Northern Virginia has taught me many things. But lately, all I seem to learn is that I am slowly, but surely, becoming an Old White Guy... And I don't like it!
My ‘youth’ used to be one of my strengths: a draw, an asset, a defining attribute that made me appealing to the Church – an institution in which the average member is well over 60 years old. But today, because my ‘youth…

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How to Choose a Healthy Life in an Unhealthy World: The Way of the Healthy Deviant

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By Pilar Gerasimo, guest contributor


  1. One that differs from a norm, especially a person whose
    behavior and attitudes differ from accepted social standards.
    American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Ed.

Healthy Deviant:

  1. One who willingly defies unhealthy norms and conventions in
    order to achieve a high level of vitality, resilience, and autonomy.
    Pilar Gerasimo, 1st Ed.

For a lot of my life, I tried hard to pass for normal, to go along with what society told me would make me worthy…

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Yoga and the Mindful Leader

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By Edi Pasalis, guest contributor

Yoga is offered in almost every corporate gym across the world but can be overlooked, perhaps because it is equated with exercise, as a tool for cultivating a mindful leader. Yoga is more than a chance to get fit or flexible. Yoga is a suite of practices, often known as the eight-limbed path, that includes lifestyle practices, breathing techniques, physical postures as well as various meditation practices. This suite of practices serves the leader who faces a m…

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From Frozen to Fearless: Two Quick Confidence Boosters for Public Speaking

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By Christopher Willard, guest contributor

According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two! Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than giving the eulogy! –Jerry Seinfeld

Public speaking is always in demand, in personal or professional life. Whether it’s Powerpoint-backed business pitches, retirement parties, marriages or memorials, countless requests come …

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How Can Meditation Make Us Better Leaders?

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By Marc Lesser, guest contributor

Perhaps most important, meditation helps lighten our hearts and let go of fear and hopelessness.

Leadership is a way to bring our hearts, courage, and optimism into our work and all our relationships to help make this world healthier and more compassionate.

I’ve noticed there is a good deal of misunderstanding about the practice of meditation. I’ve also noticed there is lack of clarity and understanding regarding the role and relationship of meditation with cul…

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Authentic Power: 3 Keys to Aligned Leadership

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By Emily Lane, guest contributor

Aligned Leadership is grounded in self-mastery. Functioning at the highest level of authentic power requires both strategic and daily practices of self-connection, as well as the moment-to-moment practice of mindfulness.

Treating self-relationship as a practice and investing time in it gives the individual access to profound internal resources. These are the difference between good leadership and great leadership - resources like energy, grace, courage, inspi…

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Meditate Like a Bad Ass: Insights from the Military Special Operations Community

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By Seth Hickerson and Zach Morton, guest contributors

Meditation is NOT hard.  Learning to meditate is hard.

The mind of a Navy SEAL is an amazing tool. The mind controls the body, and it takes training to control the mind. When it comes to individuals needing to have complete control of both body and mind, the tip of the spear is the U.S. military special operations community. The strength of the U.S. military has always been dependent upon the strength of the soldiers within its ranks. The s…

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