(Reading time 2 minutes) Somewhere in the last century, as manufacturers faced increasing competition, the need to differentiate lead to increasingly preposterous claims and assertions. Slowly language has been misappropriated, words have been misused, and messages have become garbled. The payload – its’ meaning -has been diluted, taken for granted, sometimes contradicted and sometimes outright […]
(Reading time ) Picture a beautiful sunset, golden clouds reflecting on the ocean. Or waterfall photographed with a wide angle lens through the mist. Or a climber contemplating the view from mountaintop. Or crystal clear waters washing onto a white sandy beach, complete with a near-cloudless blue sky and leaning palm trees. In bold, or […]
Mindfulness is hip! How science, social media and the GFC triggered the mindful leadership revolution.
(Reading time 5 minutes) Mindfulness is hip! Mindfulness is trending in all channels of social media. In 2014 mindfulness was the new buzzword among celebrities from Katy Perry to Sir Richard Branson, from Will Smith’s kids to media magnate Arianna Huffington. And by all signs that was just the beginning. 2015 is the year that […]
Few people would ever reject the idea that that there is something odd, unconventional or unique about them. It is the pedestal upon which a sense of self-identity is built, and we go to great lengths to defend it, we believe in it, and we know it as our own, in all its weirdness and flaws.
But what if we have made our own pedestal too low?
Giving. Compassion. Generosity. The list of words that describe this simple gesture pervades all kinds of teachings, from spiritual and religious to conscientious entrepreneurship to success stories and life habits of extraordinary people. For most people this concept, even if not necessarily executed in daily life to its full potential, at the very least rings […]
I get many opportunities to meet experts. Some are openly proclaimed experts, people who are respected by their peers, who have a long trail of recognitions and publicly recognised accomplishments. Others are people whom I consider to be experts, people who inspire me with their contagiously great attitude and profound ability to contribute wisdom around […]
Gratitude. Its a big word, and like many big words, it has become diluted through mis-use by all kinds of motivational and spiritual experts. so perhaps it is appropriate to attempt to reclaim it’s true potency. It is often said that the character of a person is shaped defined by the challenges he or she […]
This is the conclusion to this 4-part series on mindfulness. If you have missed any of the preceding posts, you can read them by clicking on the links at the end of this post. So, now that you know that mindfulness is a powerfully good thing to practice, let’s get to it. I have compiled […]
“You can’t run that fast. He/She is not going to be interested in you. You look frumpy. People are not going to like your haircut. Your voice sounds funny. OMG is that a wrinkle??? They will never accept those terms. Blah blah blah.” “Oh, hello, this is your inner voice speaking. I am going […]
Sometimes it is simpler to begin communicating a concept by what it is not in order to get to what it is. Mindfulness is one of those concepts. Mindfulness is a tremendously evocative word, often associated with mystical experiences, ascetic and monastic lifestyles, intense discipline, ritual and seclusion. While all these may be true to […]