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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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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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Is mindfulness bridging the political divide or widening it?

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By Mo Edjlali, Mindful Leader Founder and CEO

Today is election day here in the USA, and sitting right outside of DC it’s hard for me to avoid the palpable political buzz in the air. Folks are watching with excitement and anxiety races across all states, keeping a close eye on the possibility of one party gaining power here and losing power there. On top of that, there are concerns about voter suppression, election denial, and attacks on politicians and their families…  I don’t need to state …

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Why Gratitude is So Important to Success

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By John J. Murphy, Guest Contributor

Every holiday has meaning. These mindful moments offer us the opportunity to step back, reflect, and honor an important time or pivotal point in history. In my mind, Thanksgiving is one of the most important holidays of all – for one simple reason. Gratitude elevates consciousness. When we are in a state of thanksgiving, we are temporarily letting go of anxiety, stress, criticism, and judgmental feelings about what is wrong in the world, and we are recognizi…

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How the Human Brain Can Derail or Bolster DEI

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By Due Quach, Guest Contributor

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 resistance or inertia internally. The continued under-representation of women and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in senior management and board positions has led to widespread cynicism. Critics often ques…

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October Neuroscience Round-Up for Mindful Leaders

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By The Mindful Leader Team

For this month’s Round-Up, we look at the science behind mental exhaustion, what we can learn from the brains of seniors, the value of listening to silence, the relationship between a lost sense of time and mental distress, and finally, the phenomenon of lucid dreaming. We have summarized the main ideas and key takeaways below with links to the full articles.

Study Explains the Likely Cause of Mental Exhaustion  

Why does mental labor make you feel as tired as physi…

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Can Mindfulness Reboot Privilege? Contemplating Earned and Unearned Advantage

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By Chris Altizer and Gloria Johnson-Cusack, Guest Contributors

In a time of increasing polarization and even legislation targeting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work, programs designed to increase diversity, inclusion, and equity are being castigated as divisive, exclusive, and unequal. 

How did we get here? How do we move ahead?

In the standard curricula, few things are as hot as the concept of privilege. Those with it are at best uncomfortable if not in denial while those without i…

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Learning to stay when all you want to do is run

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By Chris Johnson, Guest Contributor

Saturated with Loss  

We’ve been saturated with loss... for a long time. While loss is as much a part of our human condition as the deep connections we feel with loved ones, the expanse of loss over the past few years, well, has tried our patience and even our character. 

We just hit a stunning one million lives lost to covid: sick patients, nurses and docs, front line health care workers, actors and musicians, public servants too. The loss made all the mor…

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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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