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How can inner work help with climate action?

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By Jamie Bristow, guest contributor

We know that climate change affects mental health – but we’re just beginning to grasp the role of the mind in the crisis itself. A new report outlines the crucial relationship between climate breakdown and the human inner world, and explores capacities of mind and heart as a foundation for more effective action.

Feeling the Effects of Climate Change

Climate change is no longer an abstract, future problem – its effects are felt by all of us. Almost every cou…

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September Neuroscience Roundup for Mindful Leaders

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by The Mindful Leader Team

For this month’s Round-Up, we dive into the science behind TikTok’s #vagusnerve obsession and explore how VR can help us achieve a psychedelic-like trip. We also look at transformative experiences at secular mass gatherings, the newly proposed psychological diagnosis of  “maladaptive daydreaming”, and why restoration skills training (ReST) might be a better option than conventional mindfulness training (CMT). We have summarized the main ideas and key takeaways below w…

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Courage: The Bridge to Higher Awareness

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By John J. Murphy

As an author and business consultant specializing in leadership development, mindfulness, and transformational culture change for the past 34 years, I have done a considerable amount of research. Countless experts, teachers, scientists, and influential leaders have given me facts, data, insights, and information that have forever changed my life and the lives of my clients. One of the most intriguing examples of this was David Hawkins, MD, PhD.  Dr. Hawkins introduced me to Th…

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10 Effective Methods to Soothe an Anxious Brain

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By Due Quach, guest contributor

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The first step in managing anxiety in a healthier manner is to make peace with the fact that having anxiety is natural and normal. According to evolutionary psychology, human psychological traits like anxiety exist because they serve a function. Anxiety signals that we believe the outcome of a situation in which there are factors beyond our control, is very important to our survival, social status, happiness, or well-being. A…

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Moving from Fear to Presence, Connection, and Collaboration

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By Kathlyn T. Hendricks, guest contributor

“The enemy is fear. We think that it’s hate, but it’s fear.”

- Gandhi

How did we get so scared?

I’ve gotten pretty obsessed with fear over the last few years. I grew up with bomb shelters and “duck and cover” (no one back then thought this was traumatic or would create any long-lasting impact). The vision of the mushroom cloud seeped into dreams and decisions and led to everyone on our block—except us—having a bomb shelter for the annihilation we ex…

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August Neuroscience Roundup for Mindful Leaders

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For this month’s Round-Up, we explore mindfulness in schools, how mindfulness regulates pain, finding meaning in life by appreciating the little things, the cognitive benefit of self-reflection, and why the serotonin theory of depression might not be as compelling as we think. We have summarized the main ideas and key takeaways below with links to the full articles.

School Mindfulness Programs: Why Some Work and Others Don’t    

In an updated meta-analysis, researchers of the My Resilience in …

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Navigate Uncertain Times with Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness, and Compassion

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By Michelle Maldonado, guest contributor

I love historic novels; especially ones that explore the plights, triumphs, and transformation of humanity. Today, as we are both participants and witnesses to what is happening in our local and global communities, I can’t help but be reminded of the Charles Dickens quote from A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness... it was the season of light, it was the season…

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July Neuroscience Round-Up for Mindful Leaders

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by the Mindful Leader Team

For this month’s Round-Up, we explore the link between executive function and grit, how meditation can reduce guilt and diminish prosocial reparation behavior, the benefits of travel for dementia and other mental health conditions, the relationship among MBIs, depression, and cancer survival, and the impact of hindrance stressors on emotional exhaustion in healthcare workers. We have summarized the main ideas and key takeaways below with links to the full articles.

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The Many Ways to Fight

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by Joy Reichart, New Ventures West, guest contributor

“I think being a poet is fighting. I think gardening is fighting. Feeding people is fighting. Being a street medic is fighting. Creating beauty and art is fighting. Teaching people to feel despair and not collapse is fighting. A sustainable revolution needs raised fists in the streets, and it needs so much more than that.” —Jessica Phillips, NVW Enrollment Director

A few days ago my friend Kirsten drove me to a medical appointment. While in…

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June Neuroscience Round-Up for Mindful Leaders

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For this month’s Round-Up, we examine the latest findings regarding MBSR and structural brain changes, what our brain waves tell us about how we engage with art, the promise of mindfulness-oriented recovery enhancement, remembering selfless experiences, and look at how functional brain connectivities relate to pain and trauma. We have summarized the main ideas and key takeaways below with links to the full articles.

1. Mindfulness Doesn’t Change Our Brains in Ways Once Thought

Findings from th…

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