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A brief and easy-to-understand explanation of mindfulness and being present in our own lives.

Recommended Resources

  • Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership by Joe Jaworski When I first read Joe Jaworski's book Synchronicity in 2004, it fundamentally transformed my work in leadership development.  Jaworski is a close colleague of Peter Senge and Otto Scharmer - a group of friends and thought leaders that catapulted leadership and systems change research into the broader field of presence, flow, and the unfolding mystery of how events and people seem to miraculously come together. I recommend all of his books, and in this one Jaworski uses Campbell's Hero's Journey as the backdrop of his own beautifully told story of personal transformation. View Resource
  • Immunity to Change by Kegan and Lahey What really gets in the way of change? I use this approach with my executive coaching clients to help them increase their self-awareness, unlock what might be blocking change, and move into actionable steps.  In clear language, Kegan and Lahey lay out a step by step methodology that facilitates a person's conscious understanding of his or her intentions, aspirations and goals to an identification of hidden "competing commitments", which may unintentionally hinder reaching these goals. Kegan and Lahey link theory and practice to help leaders reflect on themselves and their competing committments in a clear way. View Resource
  • Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi  Flow is a classic and one of my all-time favorite books, and one that I re-read every few years. Csikszentmihalyi conducted famous investigations into what makes an experience truly satisfying. His book on "optimal experience" describes a state of consciousness called flow.  During flow, people typically experience focus, creativity and a deep enjoyment. Flow is more than happiness, and his insights about mental challenge and flow are integrated into our teachings at PurposeBlue. View Resource
  • Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson In Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence,    Rick Hanson reveals how to tap the hidden power of everyday experiences to change your brain and your life for the better. I teach his practice "Taking in the Good" to my clients and we use it at home as a family. -LJC     View Resource

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