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We Need to Rethink Anxiety - 3 Actions to Take

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By Max Strom

Why is it that so many people in urban environments across the world are now experiencing exponential growth in anxiety and depression? What can we make of the fact that anxiety is now an epidemic in America? It’s also alarming that suicide was the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 10 and 34. 

Most of us are thankful that we live in a time when we have medications for anxiety and depression, but I haven’t...

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On the Mountain's Edge: 5 Steps to Mindfully Master Fear

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By Georgina Miranda

I have a little ritual when I climb literal mountains. I share this with you now, as many of us have been climbing metaphorical mountains of our own day to day in these uncertain times with new obstacles being presented in our work and life around every turn. It’s natural for fear to arise and we all have the power to overcome it. The key is to overcome or move past the fear, otherwise, we can find ourselves in a state of paralysis or heightened stress. From this...

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Top 5 Mistakes People Make Guiding Meditation

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By Mo Edjlali, Mindful Leader Chief Community Organizer

Through our work, I’ve had the privilege to get to know a great many meditation teachers and facilitators. This includes from my own personal practice and mindfulness training, those who have spoken at our events, our adjunct MBSR certified instructors, and the 120+ Workplace Mindfulness Facilitators that we have certified. Of this group of teachers and facilitators, there are those who are world renown with deep practice and...

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How to Use R.O.A.M. Practice to Manage Emotions at Work

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By Patrick Briody

If only I didn’t have this horrible feeling in my gut every time I think of updating the committee on this project. Why am I such a wimp?

Whether you’ve had exactly that thought or not, managing our emotions in professional life can be a significant source of difficulty. For some leaders, unregulated emotions are the main limitation on their upward trajectory.

The bad news is, of course, that eliminating difficult emotions is probably not going to happen for you anytime...

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Got Back to Work Stress? Try this Practice

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By John J. Murphy

You turn on the daily news and hear about more businesses slowly reopening. You wonder when you will be going back to work. And then you wonder if you will be going back to work. After all, a lot of people are getting permanently furloughed these days. Or, maybe you are already back to work and you wonder how you will lead your team with poise and confidence when a lot of people are anxious and afraid, just like you. How can a fearful leader inspire anyone? Inspiration comes...

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How Meditation Can Help You Stay Connected During Social Distancing

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By Steven Cohen

These are really crazy times. There is a need to physically distance ourselves from others to avoid the spread of a virus that traveled in an unknown web of human interactions around the world in months. Recommendations about what to do change by the hour, but ultimately, many of us are quarantined in our own houses.  At the same time, we need each other for emotional support and to avoid isolation. We want to be there for our family, friends, customers, colleagues, and...

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Balancing Ourselves Using the Six Streams of Competence

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By Joy Reichart

In these times of massive change and disruption, many of us are starting to look inward to see how we can be of greater support to our families, communities, and the world. Integral Coaching, which is a sustainable, self-generating framework for developing ourselves and others, offers several practical ways to take up this inquiry. 

One of the assessment models we use to help us in this is called the Six Streams of Competence. This model serves to give us a snapshot of...

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Six Resources to Support You During COVID-19

Dear Friends,

The response to my previous coronavirus email was overwhelming. Thank you for all your messages, for the personal stories, and for the encouragement.  

Here is a quote that I shared at the first Mindful Leadership Summit in 2013 and has been a continued source of inspiration:

“Artist and leaders face similar challenges: to see reality as it is, without succumbing to despair, while imagining possibilities that go far beyond current reality, to have the...

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Resilience is Not a Luxury: It is Critical to Our Survival

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By Fleet Maull

During these times of great uncertainty and anxiety, I believe we need to begin a serious conversation about resilience. Resilience is simply no longer a luxury. It's becoming essential and even critical to our very survival… in much the same way that His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a global voice for peace and nonviolence, has said that compassion is not a luxury, that it's actually critical to our very survival in the highly complex, interdependent world in which we live...

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Managing Emotions Effectively in Uncertain Times

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By Marc Brackett

When we are overly stressed and worried, like many of us have felt lately with threats like the coronavirus, it becomes even more difficult to regulate our emotions with effective strategies.

But what exactly is effective emotion regulation?

Emotion regulation is how we deal with the feelings we experience from moment to moment to have wellbeing, build positive relationships, and achieve desired goals. When we’re feeling disappointed or joyful or anxious or...

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