A study that proves how meditation can change your brain has been done in an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program at the University of Massachusetts Centre for Mindfulness. Participants were asked to attend weekly meetings to practice mindfulness meditation, focus on non-judgemental awareness, and listen to audio recordings of guided meditation practice. An increase in grey-matter density in the hippocampus (important for learning and memory), and in correlation with less stress, a decrease of grey-matter density in the amygdala (fight or flight centre) was reported. Amishi Jha, a neuroscientist at the University of Miami states that these structural changes in the amygdala opens doors to many possibilities for further research.
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Are you taking responsibility for your own success? Can you make the hard calls? In the business world today we inevitably deal with difficult decisions all the time. A leaders’ inability to make the hard calls can dilute his or her credibility to such an extent that it could be detrimental to the success in their company. It is not about what you know, but do you have what it takes to be a successful leader? A leader who can make the hard calls, gain and keep the respect of those they lead.
A great tool to use is to be in alignment of your vision, and then to serve your word to support your goals. If your energy is focussed on the bigger picture and not the looking good of the moment, it becomes easier to manage your identity when taking responsibility for making the hard calls.
Kazimierz Gozdz, a partner at Generon International talks about four stages of leadership and organisational development.
“Stage One Leaders are fundamentally self-serving, and entirely profit oriented. Stage Two Leaders master managerial and leadership norms and ethics of the day. They follow business practices more or less blindly regardless of their impact on society or the planet. We think about Stage Three Leaders as having evolved so that they’re not so caught up in the orthodoxies of the conventional system. They have learned to serve, and are leaders but they’re still changing the existing system, righting its wrongs trying to guide people through it.
Stage Four leaders are looking to establish a new world view, a new metaphysics, a new stance in the world that is not a repair of the current system: A conscious, fully developed human being who decides how business should be done from a more conscious vantage point. We find that that kind of leader is no longer regulated by the normative social process of business school and the conventions of business, and that’s our target.”
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Have you ever looked at a map of the world and realised that it is your world? Yours to play in, create in, love in and share in. I have recently looked at a map of the world and realised that I was given a sacred gift, the gift of life. I felt the energy of the earth playing through my heart, a hub for love and abundance to share this special gift with everyone in my world. I have decided to consciously play in my world every day. I invite you to create and play in your world, to let go of preconceived ideas and past experiences. To wake up to the possibility of moving around in your world uplifting others and to share your soul, to show who you are, to share what you have and to see others as awesome creations playing in your world. To be fully present to the here and now with absolute clarity of what you want and where you are going. The challenge is not to waste valuable energy on anything not in the present. Warren Buffet once said “You attract what you are”. Who is playing in your world?
With that said I invite you to play in my world……….
Human emotions and how we show it taps into a rich field (or should I say ‘mine field’) of information. I was recently standing at the carousel in an airport waiting like everybody else for my luggage. What I experienced was fascinating! Consciously exploring and identifying different emotions made me aware of how much there is to read on another’s face and in their body language without saying a word. The longer I waited the more there was to see, and the more conscious I became of the opportunity to formulate my own story.
An anxious older lady with a ‘purple rinse’ was clinching her cotton handkerchief with a tight fist, moving closer and closer to the conveyor belt as the clock was ticking. The man in his business suit looked at his watch several times, adjusting his collar and tie more than once not caring to hide his impatience. A group of care-free teenagers were planning the rest of their day completely absorbed in their own world. Where was I? I realised that I was fully conscious, aware of each and everything around me with great intensity. I was connecting to each one in my world on their level, feeling and sharing in the moment without judgement or story. How much time do we spend consciously choosing to tap into the emotion of another, and do we realise when we exploit the facts to create our own story?
In Consciousness Coaching we teach you about awareness. Awareness equals choice, and with that comes responsibility. Are you aware of the facts and do you consciously choose not to buy into anybody’s story – not even your own? Can you choose to be in the moment without writing a novel about it? How much extra time will you have each day if you follow these simple rules? Maybe you will have time to write a novel after all ………