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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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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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