Can You Keep a Secret?

Can You Keep a Secret? Do you ever try? Maya James shares what she’s learning about making decisions and silencing the noise that surrounds her.

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Try 40 Days of… Anything! Creating Habits One Challenge at a Time

Confession: I am a non-church-going Catholic. Whether we’re talking about Mass or service at my current church home (a United Church of Christ community), I haven’t been regularly to either. In fact, the last service I attended, was for someone’s funeral. You can say I have slacked off, a bit or a lot. Regardless of…

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How to Be Mindful in Motion

Mindfulness is often described as being present. Stillness benefits our mind and calms our soul. Our lives, however, move. Throughout a day, stillness is an infrequent gift. Mindful practices evaporate into minute-by-minute activities. Multitasking needs to stop for our brain health’s sake. Still, during our work, certain times require several activities in unison. Gaining a…

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Drawing Your Own Circle of Gratitude

A vicious cycle is a series of events that continues to round themselves back to one another, making a bad situation worse, usually ending up with no resolve. I recently got caught up in a circle, but it wasn’t vicious at all. In fact, I’m calling it a circle of gratitude. It’s been proven there…

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Dealing with Missed Deadlines One Asana at a Time

I missed a deadline this week. Want to hear something even worse? This was the second deadline I’ve missed in thirty days. Thankfully the deadlines were for two separate projects and two separate clients, but sadly the mistakes were made by one single person — me. Recovering After Missed Deadlines Ever since the second missed deadline,…

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Sifting Through Personal Wins in a Very Odd Year

The news, social media and even friends and family are all in agreement, 2016 was weird, sad and in many ways ridiculous to say the very least. Scroll down any timeline, and you are sure to see a new surprising celebrity death, yet another incident of injustice, world crises and politics gone awry. It’s enough…

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Mindful Millennial Leadership: Absorb-Convert-Act

In business, the benefits of mindful practices include greater self-confidence, better emotional intelligence, and stronger resiliency. All these are attributes that make mindfulness work in business and leadership. Millennials are gravitating toward mindfulness to enhance their work-life balance and develop their leadership capabilities. A risk lurks, however. Mindfulness contains a threat of inaction. We hear…

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Wear No Doubts

Doubt enters our minds. No one is immune. As much as someone tells you about their lack of doubt, they have it. Some may brush doubt off quickly, and some may ignore it. Doubt is present, as certain as clouds enter the sky. Life presents many choices, and how we choose to deal with our…

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How Elementary Mindfulness Teaches Adult Leaders

Mindfulness meets minimalism. Elementary mindfulness in practice: “Sometimes when I get mad I just breathe deep… I just, like I picture me being in a certain place I like… I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do…” All clutter is removed. Mindfulness clears a path. Together, mindfulness…

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The Importance of a Daily Defrag

I remember my first computer like it was yesterday. It was a Christmas morning gift – a bulky Christmas gift at that. I remember how that big, beautiful, and extremely heavy monitor whirred like an airplane engine as it powered on. I remember how a black screen would suddenly come to life with strange combinations…

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How to Be a Mindful Strategist

What makes someone a good corporate strategist? The immediate thoughts turn to market analysis, financial intelligence, and competitive insights. Each is valid and play a role. What is emerging as a new talent for corporate strategists is mindfulness. Mindfulness receives a lot of attention today. Just look at the Wisdom 2.0, bringing together over 2,400…

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Thoughts on Being Present and Staying Centered

Throughout April and May, the Thin Difference team focussed on mindfulness and self-awareness. We shared the thoughts, experiences, and challenges we face when trying to stay present in this busy world. By having the whole team write about one topic, we were able to highlight different perspectives, facilitate discussion and achieve one of Thin Difference’s goals of cross-generational…

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