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Mindfulness on the road to leadership development
Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh suggests that every time we start the car we reflect on what we are doing...
THE SEAT BELT
Be mindful of your Ethics
Mindfulness & Leadership
Mindful about Velocity
Mindful about Values
Mindful About Communication
Mindful about Mindfullness
Be Mindful of Communication
pictures of killing things or monitor lizard
BE Mindful of velocity
be mindful of velocity
be mindful of mindfulness
I liked this so much I made a tshirt
"Attention", a voice began to call, and it was as though an oboe had suddenly become articulate. "Attention", it repeated in the same high, nasal monotone. "Attention" (...)
"Is that your bird?" Will asked.
She shook her head.
Mynahs are like the electric light", she said. "They don't belong to anybody."
Why does he say those things?
"Because somebody taught him", she answered patiently...
But why did they teach him those things? Why 'Attention'? Why 'Here and now?'
"Well ..." She searched for the right words in which to explain the self-evident to this strange imbecile. "That's what you always forget, isn't it? I mean, you forget to pay attention to what's happening. And that's the same as not being here and now."
"And the mynahs fly about reminding you—is that it?"
She nodded. That, of course, was it. There was a silence.]
We don’t live on Pala, and mynahs are not always there when you need them, so what would a 21st century reminder bird look like? Who or what will remind us to be mindful?
Aldous Huxley is most famous for his dystopic novel Brave New World, but his final novel, Island, presents a more utopian vision of the future, in which attention pays a central role. Indeed, perhaps the defining quality of the island Huxley imagined was the mindfulness of its inhabitants.
In English, attention is something we are asked to pay, as if it were a scarce resource, like money. ‘Pay attention!’ is also a negative injunction, like paying your taxes. But attention is not really scarce, and when practised, rather than paid, it is positive and rewarding. As positive psychologist, Czikzsentmihalyi once said: ‘Where attention goes, energy flows.’
The challenge is that we live in an increasingly distracting world, filled with technology and clutter so we need a method to make our attention, the touchstone of consciousness, more readily available to us. The challenge is that the speed of the world and the nature of our technology makes it difficult to make best use of this precious resource, which is a core component of mindfulness.
“Mindfulness is a habit, it’s something the more one does, the more likely one is to be in that mode with less and less effort… it’s a skill that can be learned. It’s accessing something we already have. Mindfulness isn’t difficult. What’s difficult is to remember to be mindful
There are old climbers
and there are bold climbers,
but there are no old, bold climbers
Subjective vs. objective hazards
One way to plan for objective hazards, is through preparing contingencies
But How do we prepare for Subjective hazards
Our lives tell us things if we listen,
but only if we listen
paying attention in a particular way
in the moment
Respete a Naturaleza
Ethics have been called an obediance
to the "unenforceable"
Leadership Margaret Wheatly explains how slowing down might just be the difference between ideas and action
There is no app for that
It is impossible to Anticipate
But, it is possible to minimize the risks
that jeopardize our service
The key is having a plan
We do not proceed in life as though disaster is imminent. at the same time, we need to be aware for the potential for sudden unpredictable things. Buckling our seat belt is an implicit acknowledgment that a crash might be out there. the Zen attitude is to take nothing for granted.
When we start taking things for granted, be it our health safety, loved ones, or place we live in, we inevitably fail to show the proper gratitude for what we have.
So many of us take life for granted. Yet one inch ahead and all is total darkness. life is precious; let’s treat it so.
Buckle up and drive safe. Arrive alive, and give thanks. that's Zen.
-Dr. John Kabat Zinn
Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of time
Psychologist Philip Zimbardo says happiness and success are rooted in a trait most of us disregard: the way we orient toward the past, present and future. He suggests we calibrate our outlook on time as a first step to improving our lives.
“So, very quickly, what is the optimal time profile? High on past-positive. Moderately high on future. And moderate on present-hedonism. And always low on past-negative and present-fatalism. So the optimal temporal mix is what you get from the past -- past-positive gives you roots. You connect your family, identity and your self. What you get from the future is wings to soar to new destinations, new challenges. What you get from the present hedonism is the energy, the energy to explore yourself, places, people, sensuality.”