Sunday, April 30, 2017

Why We Need a Secular Sabbath

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Why We Need a Secular Sabbath

I continue to keep the cornucopia of technology at arm's length, so that I can more easily remember who I am.

- Kevin Kelly -

Why We Need a Secular Sabbath

According to writer and mindfulness teacher Pico Iyer, interruptions come every eleven minutes, leaving us with the feeling that we are never caught up on our lives. The constant interruptions from technology make us feel fractured and frustrated with life. When we are overly focused on technology, what is most important to us escapes us both in work and at home. Iyer suggests dedicating one day a week to a "Secular Sabbath" to rest techno-weary souls. During interviews with Google executives, Iyer found that stepping back from the use and demands of technology made employees happier, healthier and more productive. She says, "the point of sitting still is that it helps you see through the very idea of pushing forward; indeed, it strips you of yourself, as of a coat of armor, by leading you into a place where you're defined by something larger." { read more }

Be The Change

If possible, take one day a week, or a few hours a day each week, to put your devices aside and let yourself rest from technology. Notice how much more you feel at peace and in touch with the essence of being human.


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Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Power of the Mindful Minute at Work: One Company's Brave Exp

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The Power of the Mindful Minute at Work: One Company's Brave Exp

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.

- William Blake -

The Power of the Mindful Minute at Work: One Company's Brave Exp

Investing and finance aren't exactly fields synonymous with mindfulness and kindness, but some companies are starting to change that. During his annual review at an investment firm, Birju Pandya's boss looked at him and said, "You've done well. What do you want?" Pandya, now a senior advisor at RSF, calls it "the 'Godfather offer'" of the investment bank world. His mind teetered on the verge of a typical answer and then he took a totally different tack, "I'd like to start every team meeting we have with a minute of silence," he said. There was a long pause, then came the definitive answer, "No," his boss said. But the next morning, perhaps after reflecting on all that his employee could have asked for instead, he softened and agreed to the unconventional request. An intriguing first step, but even he couldn't have anticipated what would unfold from there over the next few years. In this brief video, Pandya shares the compelling domino effect of the collective mindful minute at work. { read more }

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How can you or your employer implement mindfulness into a standard workday? Bring your suggestions to the table for your next team meeting or review. For inspiration check out 6 Mindfulness Practices for Leaders. { more }


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Friday, April 28, 2017

A Nobel Laureate on the Power of Not Knowing

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A Nobel Laureate on the Power of Not Knowing

Whatever inspiration is, it's born from a continuous 'I don't know.'

- WisÃ…‚awa Szymborska -

A Nobel Laureate on the Power of Not Knowing

"Surrender to not-knowing" was the catchphrase of poet Wislawa Szymborska who offered this as a guide to participate in the wonder of creation as an artist. Whether a scientist, poet, or everyday worker we are all artists as we become co-creators in life. As we step into each moment with the willingness to allow for the unexpected to unfold, we make art with the stuff of our lives. The alternative for some is to control and define with closed minds what life should be instead of what it could be. Instead of contracting back into certainty Szymborska challenges us to live bravely in the "I don't know" that defines the inexplicable nature of our existence here on Earth. By opening themselves to the unknown, artists of all kinds have been led to discoveries and inventions that have changed life on Earth for the better. Read more about Szymborska and her perspectives on uncertainty. { read more }

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As we encounter what appears to be a road block or a solution, surrender to uncertainty and ask, "How else..? What if..? and Why...?" to solve a problem.


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

The 2 Euro T-Shirt - A Social Experiment

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The 2 Euro T-Shirt - A Social Experiment
 

The 2 Euro T-Shirt - A Social Experiment

 
Do you know who made your clothes? And if you did, would that change your purchasing and consumption habits? People wants cheap clothing, but don't often consider who is paying the real price for fashion at a bargain. Take a look at how people at Alexanderplatz in Berlin reacted when they found out the conditions in which the 2 Euro t-shirt being offered in the vending machine was produced.

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