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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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4 Reasons We Need More Critics of Mindfulness

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By Mo Edjlali, Mindful Leader Founder and CEO

Recently I stumbled across a Linkedin post highlighting an article featured in the Washington Post, “An unintended consequence of mindfulness” by assistant professor Andrew C. Hafenbrack. I was excited to see folks taking a curious and thoughtful approach to the findings. It reminded me of a very different reaction we experienced when we shared a critical article on social media a few years ago - "You guys are idiots"- the article that ENRAGED our f…

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6 Essential Books on Mindful Leadership

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By the Mindful Leader Team

Part of being a good leader is knowing when to listen to others. The same is true for becoming a mindful leader. While reading isn’t the only way to learn about mindful leadership, it can be a huge help to see what others have experienced before you. We’ve compiled a list of ten mindful leadership books from experts in the field to help you build your own path to success. For each book we've included a summary, the rating on Goodreads (the world's largest book review …

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May Neuroscience Round-Up for Mindful Leaders

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For this month’s Round-Up, we look at how mindfulness relates to neuroticism and cognitive failures, how to stop choking under pressure, effective ways for overcoming “stresslaxation” and depressive relapses, and the challenges facing covid-19 healthcare workers. We have summarized the main ideas and key takeaways below with links to the full articles.

1. Mindfulness Can Help Explain the Relationship Between Neuroticism and Cognitive Failures, Study Suggests

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What’s the Difference Between Self-Improvement and Self-Development?

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By Joy Reichart, New Ventures West, guest contributor

This article has several questions for reflection in blue italics. In these places, you’re invited to pause, feel into your response, and perhaps explore a bit with some notes or journaling. 

“To be purposeful is not to be goal oriented, but to seek to reconnect to the source of one's life.”

― Michael Meade 

The organic nature of growth

In a recent video, New Ventures West faculty member Adam Klein draws a distinction between self-im…

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April Neuroscience Round-Up for Mindful Leaders

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By the Mindful Leader Team

For this month’s Round-Up, we explore ways to combat doomscrolling and burnout, how to get healthier dopamine highs, tricks to enhance your wisdom, and the future of mindfulness intervention science. We have summarized the main ideas and key takeaways below with links to the full articles.

1. Ukraine Doomscrolling Can Harm Your Cognition As Well As Your Mood – Here’s What to do About it

Doomscrolling – spending excessive amounts of time reading and consuming negativ…

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How to Find Ground Where There is None

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By Joy Reichart, New Ventures West, guest contributor 

This article has several questions for reflection in blue italics. In these places, you’re invited to pause, feel into your response, and perhaps explore a bit with some notes or journaling. 

In the fall of 2017, New Ventures West founder James Flaherty wrote this invitation.

"As I write, another category five hurricane is bearing down upon the Caribbean, President Donald Trump has just threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, the U…

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Neuroscience Round-Up for Mindful Leaders

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By The Mindful Leader Team

What are the latest ideas and discussions emerging from the fields of neuroscience and psychology, and how might they be relevant to the workplace, leadership, and your life? 

Each month, we will share with you summaries of five recently published neuroscience and psychology articles to keep you current. Here is this month’s Round-Up. We’ve also included links if you’d like to read each article in its entirety. 

1. IQ Tests Can't Measure It, But 'Cognitive Flexibili…

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The Truth of the Matter: How Evidence Supports Compassion

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By Joy Reichart, New Ventures West, guest contributor

Our minds are truly incredible, aren’t they? Charged as they are to compile, compute, and make meaning out of all of our experiences—which themselves are filtered through our sensitive bodies, trauma-filled pasts, and complex circumstances of life—our minds come up with infinite, brilliant stories and theories as to why things are the way they are.

With all this in play, it can serve us greatly to ground our assessment of a given situation …

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The Shape of Our Lives: How We Grow

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By Joy Reichart, New Ventures West, guest contributor

“Sounds like you need to work on your sword cuts,” a fellow Integral Coach said to me recently. 

My response to this was so vivid that even now I can feel it in my body: a sort of bunching in my solar plexus, moving upward, clawing at my throat and threatening to erupt in a petulant scream. 

“Gah, THIS AGAIN?” I managed in a somewhat civil—though not altogether mature—reply.

The sword cuts to which she was referring were both literal and …

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