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Blog - 2016

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a love affairwith life, with reality and with imagination, with the beauty of your own being, with your heart and body and mind, and with the world.

                                                                    —Jon Kabat-Zinn

Breaking Habits

Through repeated meditation practice, we can build awareness of our existing mental habits. With awareness, there is space—allowing us to interrupt habitual response patterns and bring intention to our responses, choosing to form a different association.

                                                                     —Wendy Hasenkamp, "Brain Karma"

Cast Your Vote!

"Voting is a manifestation of the law of interdependence: Each of our actions, no matter how small, affects the whole cosmos. Our votes count."

                                                    —Susan Moon, "Ten Practices to Change the World"

A Calm Mind, Self-Confidence, and Peaceful Relations

"Happiness depends on inner peace, which depends on warm-heartedness. There's no room for anger, jealousy or insecurity. A calm mind and self-confidence are the basis for peaceful relations with others. Scientists have observed that constant anger and fear eat away at our immune system, whereas a calm mind strengthens it. Changing the world for the better begins with individuals creating inner peace within themselves."

                                                                                                 – The Dalai Lama

Letting It Be

"It's not a matter of letting go – you would if you could. Instead of 'Let it go,' we should probably say, 'Let it be.'" – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn Defines Mindfulness

Watch this YouTube video and learn about how Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness. 

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. 

The Middle Place and Necessary Tension

"As a writer and Zen practitioner I hear myself extolling the virtues of patience when I realize that while patience is absolutely necessary, impatience is also necessary . . . The tension that exists between patience and impatience is so fertile. That’s where the energy comes from."
– Ruth Ozeki, "Memories in the Mirror"

Show Up for Greater Influence & Impact by Letting Go

“I just want to do my job, I don’t want to deal with workplace politics.” – every executive coaching client

I have never heard a client say they want to be more political – but it is connected to leading for greater influence and impact  – so might there another way to think about workplace politics?

Think “Impact” versus “Need to Be Right”
Most executives I work with are at a stage in their leadership where their role is more about “how” they show up versus “what” they do. This often means letting go of being right – being the smartest person in the room – in order to strengthen relationships for greater influence and impact to the business.

Many of my clients use the following framework (thinking through and writing down their thoughts) before a meeting:

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