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3 Challenges being an Old White Guy

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By Rev. Dr. Bob Melone
 
Serving as pastor to nearly 200 people in a Presbyterian Church in Northern Virginia has taught me many things. But lately, all I seem to learn is that I am slowly, but surely, becoming an Old White Guy... And I don't like it!
 
My ‘youth’ used to be one of my strengths: a draw, an asset, a defining attribute that made me appealing to the Church – an institution in which the average member is well over 60 years old. But today,...

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8MM+ watched Meditation won’t fix Burnout, its about Moral Injury

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By Mo Edjlali
 
From Dr. Zubin Damania's Viral Video:
 

Burnout is a kind of victim shaming…
Maybe you should meditate… it’s all bulls@#t…
We’re not suffering from burnout…
We’re surfing from “Moral injury”…

When I watched this video it left me excited and defensive.  Wait a minute… our organization encourages meditation into the workplace.   We talk about resilience, promote wellness, and...

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How to Choose a Healthy Life in an Unhealthy World: The Way of the Healthy Deviant

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By Pilar Gerasimo

Deviant:

  1. One that differs from a norm, especially a person whose
    behavior and attitudes differ from accepted social standards.
    American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Ed.

Healthy Deviant:

  1. One who willingly defies unhealthy norms and conventions in
    order to achieve a high level of vitality, resilience, and autonomy.
    Pilar Gerasimo, 1st Ed.

 

For a lot of my life, I tried hard to pass for normal, to go along with what society told me would make me worthy,...

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Yoga and the Mindful Leader

By Edi Pasalis

Yoga is offered in almost every corporate gym across the world but can be overlooked, perhaps because it is equated with exercise, as a tool for cultivating a mindful leader. Yoga is more than a chance to get fit or flexible. Yoga is a suite of practices, often known as the eight-limbed path, that includes lifestyle practices, breathing techniques, physical postures as well as various meditation practices. This suite of practices serves the leader who faces a myriad of...

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Leadership Embodiment: Cultivating Presence, Confidence and Compassion

Each of us has patterns that arise when we are confronted with a challenging situation. Often our mind understands what is needed to create a more skillful interaction, yet we are not able to do what we so clearly understand.Under duress, the body always wins.

In this session with Wendy Palmer, she teachesus how our body (limbic) learns in a different way and at a different pace than our mind (neocortex). In order to be congruent, our body needs to learn in clear, simple, patterns that allow...

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From Frozen to Fearless: Two Quick Confidence Boosters for Public Speaking

By Christopher Willard

According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two! Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than giving the eulogy! –Jerry Seinfeld

Public speaking is always in demand, in personal or professional life. Whether it’s Powerpoint-backed business pitches, retirement parties, marriages or memorials, countless requests...

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How Can Meditation Make Us Better Leaders?

By Marc Lesser

Perhaps most important, meditation helps lighten our hearts and let go of fear and hopelessness.

Leadership is a way to bring our hearts, courage, and optimism into our work and all our relationships to help make this world healthier and more compassionate.

I’ve noticed there is a good deal of misunderstanding about the practice of meditation. I’ve also noticed there is lack of clarity and understanding regarding the role and relationship of meditation with...

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Meditate Like a Bad Ass: Insights from the Military Special Operations Community

By Seth Hickerson and Zach Morton

Meditation is NOT hard.  Learning to meditate is hard.

The mind of a Navy SEAL is an amazing tool. The mind controls the body, and it takes training to control the mind. When it comes to individuals needing to have complete control of both body and mind, the tip of the spear is the U.S. military special operations community. The strength of the U.S. military has always been dependent upon the strength of the soldiers within its ranks. The strength of...

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