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How the Human Brain Can Derail or Bolster DEI

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By Due Quach

Due Quach will be hosting an Expert Workshop, The Neuroscience of Inclusion: How to Mindfully Steer Brain Activation to Develop Inclusive Leadership, on March 5th. Click here to learn more. 

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Companies have invested hundreds of millions of dollars into diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives since the establishment of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 1964, yet these efforts have been frequently met with resist…

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Dedicating 2021 to My Grandma

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By Mo Edjlali

I’m dedicating this year to my maternal grandmother. She died last Saturday and while the nation, I, and my neighbors here in the DC area were dealing with the frightening attacks on our democracy, my mind was elsewhere. 

My grandmother was the closest thing to a real-life angel that I’ve ever known. She was the real deal. This past weekend we celebrated her life. She was born, lived, and died in Tehran, Iran. I’m here in the USA, the Washington, DC area. Iran is kinda my mother …

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2021 State of Workplace Mindfulness Survey Report

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Completed by over 1,700 people, the 2021 State of Workplace Mindfulness Survey Report provides the most expansive and detailed examination of the state of mindfulness in the workplace ever conducted. The survey was conducted by Mindful Leader, which provides workplace mindfulness training, certification and events; Healthy Minds Innovations affiliated with the neuroscientific research institution the Center for Healthy Minds; and Mindful Communications, publishers of Mindful.org and Mindful Maga…

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Training Your Focus Towards Change

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By Elisha Goldstein

If there's one thing we know about 2020, it's been a year of change and transition. As 2021 is approaching, our minds may already be thinking about what we want to shift in the year ahead. When we start thinking about embarking on a change journey, we often envision ourselves at the pinnacle of success. We are running that 5K, conversing in Spanish fluently, seeing an ideal body, or are getting a stellar review. However,  once we really get down to work we quickly realize th…

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From the Circle to the Square: Moving MBSR Online

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By Mary Beth Stern  

It’s a beautiful fall morning as I look at my calendar. I smile at the utilitarian efficiency of the google calendar, emblematic of the great shift. I fondly recall the handwritten notes to self and the inspirational quotations on my perfectly sized, 7 1/2 inch square calendar, big enough to be clearly visible on the desk in my office and easily tucked away in my tote when on the run. Jolted by the arrival of the month of October, my mind is whisked away, like an old-fashio…

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A New “Why” for Mindfulness in Urgent Times

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By Jamie Bristow and Rosie Bell

To mindful leaders, practice means more than just wellbeing. A new account of mindfulness training explores its crucial role in developing agency.

If you’re involved in mindful leadership, you likely know that the benefit of mindfulness goes further than simple wellbeing – but this value isn’t always easy to articulate. After six years at the leading edge of contemplative practices in public policy, we’re offering a new “why” for mindfulness training. Our recent…

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5 Class Engagement Guidelines to Build Trust and Community

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By Patrick Briody

As mindfulness teachers, how can we best create a sense of trust and community in our online mindfulness classes? One tool I’m very grateful for learning in my Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training is the practice of sharing guidelines for engagement with the group. As a closet anarchist, I initially felt some resistance to explicit guidelines, but over time I learned how important this can be in creating trust and safety. Not to mention focus and flow.

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Celebrating 6 Months of Meditate Together!

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By Mo Edjlali and Meditate Together Volunteer Facilitators

It’s hard with all the chaos, injustice, death, and suffering we are collectively witnessing to celebrate much... and, more then ever, we need to celebrate the things that inspire us and remind us of our vast potential for compassion towards one another. 

About 6 months ago as the gravity and impact of COVID-19 hit, I thought to myself: What can I do? What can Mindful Leader do?  Then I thought to myself... I’m not alone. I’m not the o…

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A Skeptic Neurologist's MBSR Journey

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By Gus Castellanos

I practiced Neurology and Sleep Medicine for 25 years before retiring. I came to MBSR in 1998 while still practicing medicine. So, when a colleague brought MBSR to the Medical Center we were working at, he asked me to refer patients, “We have this new program called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - MBSR. Please send your chronic pain patients, insomniacs, caregivers that are burning out - anyone who is stressed,” he said to me.

I balked, not knowing what MBSR was or how …

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