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Wandering Walks: Using Awe to Discover the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

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By The Mindful Leader Team

What is Awe?

Awe is a complex and elusive emotion that can be challenging to define. Unlike most emotions, it can evoke both positive and negative feelings and can arise from various sources. For example, it can inspire feelings of wonder and fascination, but also overwhelm and disorientation. Psychologists Dacher Keltner and Jonathan Haidt proposed a conceptual approach to understanding awe in a seminal 2003 paper. They identified two key components of awe experienc…

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Surviving the AI Apocalypse Mindfully

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By Mo Edjlali

Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as one of the most groundbreaking and simultaneously alarming technologies in recent times. With the potential to fundamentally transform humanity and produce widespread, far-reaching effects, AI has sparked both fears and hope in our community. Some see the potential for an apocalyptic outcome and while others are eager to advance.   As a cautious optimist, my goal in this article is to share insights that can help you become more informed…

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April Neuroscience Round-Up for Mindful Leaders

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By The Mindful Leader Team

This month, we consider the potential therapeutic value of human sweat in treating anxiety, examine how teenagers can use mindfulness to combat mental health issues, compare the effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy versus cognitive behavioral therapy, explore the healing power of art, and look at a new spatial computing theory of working memory. We have summarized the main ideas and key takeaways below with links to the full articles.

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What "Bird-Noticing" Can Teach Us About Mindfulness

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By Rob Osborn, guest contributor 

Would you like to have fewer regrets? When you do the autopsy on the action, the critical word you’ve said, or the less-than-polite email you fired off, are you ever uncertain how you behaved differently from your values or intention? How did you get away from the plan to love others to not seeming to love others?

How do we end up doing what we don’t want to do? Even saints struggle with this. A towering figure in the Christian faith, the apostle Paul, rambled…

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Move over ChatGPT, 3 New AI Tools

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By Mo Edjlali

A couple of months ago, we began a series of articles on ChatGPT, discussing its potential uses in our work and addressing common concerns about AI. I've been a tech junkie all my life. I'd spend hours as a kid flipping through popular science magazines at the library and built my first computer at 15 (it was a 486 IBM clone if that rings a bell!). Eventually, I got a degree in computer engineering and spent two decades working as a technology architect and manager constantly on t…

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March Neuroscience Round-Up for Mindful Leaders

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By The Mindful Leader Team

This month, we consider how exercise can boost traditional therapy, look at how migraine patients benefit from mindfulness, examine the neurological toll of racism, explore the science of white, brown, and other “colored” noise, and finally, investigate the role mindfulness plays in the effectiveness of sensory advertising. We have summarized the main ideas and key takeaways below with links to the full articles.

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ChatGPT - 4 Things to Watch out For

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By Mo Edjlali, Mindful Leader Founder and CEO

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article titled "4 Ways ChatGPT Might Help With Mindfulness Facilitation" to share my excitement and showcase some of the cool things we can do with ChatGPT. While there were a number of positive comments, my friend and colleague Jamie Bristow raised some valid concerns about the limitations of using artificial intelligence (AI) for mindfulness facilitation. 

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In this article, we will explore some of these concerns and p…

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February Neuroscience Round-Up for Mindful Leaders

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By The Mindful Leader Team

This month, we look at political polarization from a neurological perspective, examine the benefits of breathing exercises for stress reduction, consider the surprising benefits of forgetting (but also tips for how to remember things!), look at how climate crisis trauma negatively impacts cognitive functioning, and lastly, explore how smells are linked to memory and behavior in mice. We have summarized the main ideas and key takeaways below with links to the full arti…

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4 Ways ChatGPT Might Help With Mindfulness Facilitation

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By Mo Edjlali, Mindful Leader Founder and CEO

I’ve been a bit obsessed with ChatGPT.  It’s incredible. We all have heard about AI in the abstract, but this thing is live and you can use it now.  At our last CWMF alumni event and in our CWMF course I’ve been talking about the potential impact of AI for the last three years and am thrilled with the advances and usefulness of ChatGPT.  It's like having a super smart friend at your fingertips ready to help with almost anything. I have found it to b…

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January Neuroscience Round-Up for Mindful Leaders

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By The Mindful Leader Team

This month, we look at what the science tells us about maximizing mindfulness in the workplace, the role of exercise and mindfulness in the cognition of older adults, and how psilocybin might increase trait mindfulness. Then, we’ll dive into the psychology of our love for villains and how blocking our automatic imitation behaviors can actually increase empathy and understanding of others. We have summarized the main ideas and key takeaways below with links to the full…

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