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This is a great and concise description of what mindfulness is. I love the Mark Twain quote about half way in the article. Despite the simplicity of the article mindfulness is challenging. It is a practice because it takes practice.

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In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

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  1. Mindfulness is a concept from many spiritual paths. This is a good explanation. Hugs, Barbara

  2. Yea. Mindfulness help. My dear friend is being scared by her ex-client until she lives in fearfulness. Upon checking the truth, it’s not the way her ex-client described. Some people can be very cruel.

  3. Thanks for passing this one along.

  4. Wow, love his depth and description of thought, almost nothing.

    We can add emotion along with that thought, they are connected.

    We need to be like a mirror, shed desire and judgment quickly, then

  5. As Mark Twain so aptly put it,
    “Some of the worst things in my life never happened.”

    That would mean all the worry, the future predictions of gloom and doom were invisible, invented, air.
    Look at the time we invest in doubt, worry, delusional fear fuelled by thoughts and attached emotions.
    We fear what we predict and avoid the consequences as they are real.
    How much of life is wasted on this?.

  6. The Mark Twain quote is right on.


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