This week: Turn “I” to “We” and Illness becomes Wellness!
It’s Not a Great Resignation- It’s a Great Rethink:
I urge you to explore your great re-think (opportunity to reboot) using an evidence-based model of me-search instead of research. If you are rebooting on purpose, do consider:
Micro-habits/micro-dosing healthy choices, doing “Small things often”
Picking an accountabuddy to keep you on course
Recognize that self-care is not selfish. Your wellbeing is important
Attend to Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs, with physical and psychological safety at the base, love and belonging in the middle, and significance and purpose at the apex. When we are in reactive brain our operating system is hijacked, we revert to our reptilian brain, and there is no room for the creative brain to emerge. Too much stress when we feel lack of safety, leads to burnout and that affects our mental health and that of our teams.
So… let’s all attend to a deep purpose practice, whatever that means to you, for long term sustainable performance and fulfillment.
The Democratization of Photography on History- The Bigger Picture with Vincent Brown:
To get beyond photographs as the mere transmission of transparent information, we need to step back and see the bigger picture
Can the spectacle of modern politics today be traced back to a photograph of Abraham Lincoln taken during the presidential election in 1860? Host Vincent Brown reveals the specific choices made by Lincoln and renowned portrait photographer Mathew Brady in hopes of casting the candidate as presidential in his iconic 1860 portrait.
No Arms, No Legs, No Excuses: Wickenburg (Arizona) football coach Carter Crosland sees no obstacles Wickenburg assistant football coach Carter Crosland, born without arms and legs, drives himself 30 minutes to practice on his motorized wheelchair.
From dealing with ambient stress through self-care, ingredients for getting things done, books to get unstuck at work, practices to enhance your leadership development, inspiration from an all women rowing team, the most beautiful sights in the US, and funny animal pictures, you should find something here this week to feed your soul!
Feeling Off? It Could Be ‘Ambient’ Stress It’s everywhere during the pandemic
See the 10 most ‘beautiful’ sights in the US, based on more than 450,000 travel reviews A study of more than 450,000 TripAdvisor reviews identified sights in the U.S. with the most mentions of one adjective: beautiful.
The 4-ingredient recipe for getting things done Most of us make to-do lists but often find it hard to check everything off. Behavioral scientist Katy Milkman interviews Ayelet Fishbach, author of “Get It Done,” about finding a framework that can help you get through your weekly to-do lists.
Funny animal photos from 2022 Comedy Pet Photography Awards The Comedy Pet Photography Awards highlight 26 hilarious photos of pets. The contest shared its 2022 photo finalists, and winners will be announced September 15. Notable finalists include surprised-looking cats, playful dogs, and ticklish horses.
Upskilling Ourselves to Meet the Moment and Meet Ourselves as well as Others Where We Are At:
Later this month, as part of sharpening my saw to keep growing & to meet the moment, I am going to embark on the Awakening Conscious Leadership journey with XChange.
This program is based in large part on the lifework of my dear departed soul brother Dr Danny Friedland, founding chair of the Academy of Integrated Health and Medicine, author of one of the first textbooks on Evidence-Based Medicine, Master Facilitator extraordinaire, Conscious Leadership Coach for the leaders of Conscious Capitalism among others, and an amazing human being.
As part of my prep work, this vid (below) was shared with me, and I felt compelled to share it with you.
Like Dr. Danny, at our deepest self, we are all trying to navigate and make meaning of suffering, identify our higher purpose, face our mortality, and leave a legacy. By understanding the choreography of asking the right questions, and assembling the glorious order of things, we can find our best and highest use in our short time on this earth.
There is nothing like the fierce urgency of now to reveal the answer to the deep and rich question, we often fail to ask and answer, namely, “What Matters Most NOW?” instead of the more common question, “What am I going to do now?”
If you are looking for mindless release from the ongoing madness, then binge watch your favorite show or use another escapist device to give you relief.
I get it. I do it all the time…
On the other hand, if you are willing to get vulnerable and real with your most authentic self and courageously navigate out of these uncharted waters, buckle up and enjoy the journey!
Here’s to Joy in Every One of the Four Seasons of Life:
Vivaldi on Marimba from Crazy Talented South African Schoolchildren
Thanks to DJ King for connecting me with the Awakening Conscious Leadership ecosystem, to Vince R for the Joy of 4 Seasons, and to all my kindred fellow travelers on this incredible and mysterious journey we call life.
Changing this 1 Word in your thoughts can boost Mental Toughness and Resilience, says performance coach Why is it easier to give advice to a friend rather than to ourselves? Psychology expert Steve Magness, who has coached executives and sports teams like the Brooklyn Nets boost their mental strength, explains how a simple change to your inner dialogue can make you more resilient.
Nurture Your Soul and Open Your Heart: Sunday June 26th, 2022
Summer Solstice 2022-
The Summer Solstice:
Here is wishing you a wonderful summer solstice!
This is a time of changing seasons.
On Tuesday, June 21, summer began in the Northern Hemisphere.
The summer solstice is the longest day and the shortest night in our year.
The sun sets farthest north on the horizon.
At this time of the year, the days are warm, all the plants are energized by the sun, and the land is filled with rich new growth.
Summer is truly a celebration of the primal creative force of nature, fertile, and blooming with abundance.
Humans for many millennia have marked this sacred time in the yearly cycle of life.
Celebrating the solstice can be a beautiful reminder that our lives are part of a larger order, always changing always renewing.
The beginning of summer represents a time for purification and renewed energy.
This is a time of cutting through resistance and obstacles, using the sun energy to illuminate and light your way upon your path.
Fire is especially important, symbolizing the light, heat and power of the sun.
Into a fire, you can throw a piece of paper with written goals to achieve, and anything to release.
Now is a good time to plant seeds for a more intuitive, simpler and natural lifestyle.
Stay in tune with your inner and outer nature!
What is Juneteenth, and how is it celebrated?
Celebrated annually since 1865, Juneteenth is considered the longest-running African-American holiday. But as many as 60 per cent of Americans know “nothing at all” or only “a little bit” about the holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States. Here, we explore the history of Juneteenth and explain its significance
In states where Juneteenth is still not a day off, activists see a missed opportunity It has been one year since Juneteenth became a federal holiday, but in roughly half of the country it is still not an official day off.
The recent shooting in Buffalo, New York, which authorities are investigating as a hate crime, has yet again highlighted the threat posed by domestic terrorism in the U.S. At the center are violent extremists – the most lethal and persistent of whom are white supremacists and anti-government militias. They’re part of a deeply interconnected movement which, since the 1980s, has pursued a mission to topple the U.S government with guerrilla warfare. Today, this movement is made up of highly-organized groups with paramilitary capabilities, but it hasn’t always been this way. This week, we trace the rise of the modern white power movement.
A racist Juneteenth sign at a Maine insurance agency sparks backlash online An image of the sign displayed on the front of the business was shared online Monday, gaining the attention of thousands across social media.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented human tragedy. Beyond its immediate impact on physical health, the COVID-19 pandemic has also exacerbated psychological suffering and mental health problems, including depression and anxiety, as pandemic-related restrictions were introduced in various forms in many countries. This has highlighted the urgent need to address the mental health dimension of the pandemic, in addition to the physical health aspects. People around the world embraced yoga to stay healthy and rejuvenated and to fight social isolation and depression during the pandemic. Yoga is also playing a significant role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients in quarantine and isolation. It is particularly helpful in allaying their fears and anxiety.
Join Us Online for a Live Meditation on Love with Sublime Live Music
Sunday June 26, 20224:00 – 5:00PM Central TimeNo Fee, No Registration, Join Online from AnywhereClick Here to Join
Open your heart to all of humankind. Our intention is to activate the power of love, kindness, and compassion to transform individuals, families, communities, states, nations, and the world to address the many areas that so desperately need love and healing. Through our powerful group focus, wounds will be healed and new paths will be walked. As we join together, we will uplift humanity and strengthen our bonds to our interconnected planetary ecosystem: One world under Love
Featuring a Special Performance byAward-Winning Harpist Isabel Cardenes
Just last week harpist Isabel Cardenes played with the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. We are blessed to be joined by this gifted 18 year-old who is known for her sensitive musicianship and unique self-expression. Isabel is passionate about using music for healing and social change. She is the perfect artist to help us co-create a more loving future. Read More
Simply Click Here to JoinJoin us online this Sunday from 4:00 – 5:00PM Central Time(2PM Pacific/5PM Eastern)When the Zoom meeting reaches the maximum number of attendees, you can watch our Livestream on the Love Hour YouTube channel
Many of us have read the story about 3 people doing what looks like the same job, but when asked what they are doing:
One says they are laying bricks
The second says he is building a wall
And the third says he is creating a masterpiece!
Same identical work, but experienced so differently.
How can this be?
This story was made popular in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The story is actually not by Stephen Covey, but because he sold over 15 million copies of the book it is often attributed to him.
Proper attribution notwithstanding, it does draw attention to our relationship to our world of work and invites us to explore if we experience what we do; simply as a job, part of a career, or a purposeful calling?
When we are able to find meaning and purpose in our work, the mundane can become profound and we can turn the usual into extraordinary, often leaving a legacy that lives on well past our lifetime.
Many today are revisiting their relationship to work.
Perhaps we can learn from history…
The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, designed by the world famous architect Antoni Gaudi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and described as, “the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages.”
Construction on the Basilica began on March 19, 1882 which is almost exactly 140 years ago.
Less than 25% of the Basilica was finished during Gaudi’s lifetime, and they are still working on it- though it was scheduled to be completed this year but was delayed due to the pandemic.
I am sure those working on it over the century, also viewed themselves as brick layers, wall builders and masterpiece producers- and they were all right.
It is after all all a matter of your frame of reference and your perspective.
What is often missing in the story, is that everyone focuses on the bricks, but people forget the mortar, and the mortar is just as important as the bricks!
The mortar is the social capital or glue that binds us together, when we know we are working together for a common purpose, when we know others have got our backs, when trust and transparency and even vulnerability become critical ingredients in the mix. As Peter Drucker famously reminds us, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”.
In a time when our relationship to our work is being seriously revisited, let’s take the time to both find meaning and purpose in our work, as well as, build our bench strength, grow our franchise value, and make sure we are playing together not playing each other by strengthening the glue that binds us.
Turns out the Great Resignation may be followed by the Great Regret as many employees that jumped ship, quickly realized that “the grass isn’t greener on the other side”, the grass is greener where you water it!
So today, let’s all attend to our purpose, invest in our social capital and let’s keep serving our stakeholders with care and consideration.
Here is to the Great Rejuvenation…
Live, Love, Learn, Laugh & Leave a Legacy!
Enlightened Self Interest-
How to Handle Stress Situations Better Than Will Smith Use the S.O.S. method when triggered for better outcomes.
Etiquette expert says we’ve overlooked Lady Gaga’s great kindness toward Liza Minnelli While Will Smith’s shocking slap of Chris Rock during the Oscars broadcast last Sunday has been big news, one etiquette expert says far too many people missed a beautiful gesture shown on stage that same night by Lady Gaga toward a visibly flustered Liza Minnelli.
When a psychologist who studies well-being ends up with a brain tumor, what happens when she puts her own research into practice? Christina Costa goes beyond the “fight” narrative of cancer — or any formidable personal journey — to highlight the brain benefits of an empowering alternative to fostering resilience in the face of unexpected challenges: gratitude.
The deceptively simple plan to replenish California’s groundwater The state pumps too much groundwater, especially during droughts. Now, it’s learning to refill the overdrawn bucket. “It’s the simplest math in the world,” says one scientist.
Before we speak let your words pass through these 5 gates
Is it True?
Is it Helpful?
Is it Inspiring?
Is it Necessary? Is it KIND?
Jail Break Leadership:
Here is a recent podcast of me with my friend and colleague Jeff Blanton a pioneer and thought leader in the Conscious Capitalism space. Unlike the rest of us, when Jeff’s deep self-reflection recognized a “smoldering discontent” he decided to do something about it, changing his life and changing the world! If you are doing purpose work or need to operational it in your world of work, talk to Jeff!
WATCH: Paraplegic Golfer Sinks Hole-In-One For the Ages at Torrey Pines Most golf fans would say Tiger Woods’ playoff-clinching putt on the 72nd hole of the 2008 U.S. Open is the greatest shot of all time at Torrey Pines Golf Course. That’s because they haven’t seen this one-armed ace from Abdul Nevarez.
Wow did I have a BBBAAADDDD Monday. Another cloudy day, my weight went up, some calls didn’t go well, I spent the day telling myself what a terrible leader I am, got slammed by an e-mail where I felt someone was questioning my ability to do my job, and that ended with a friend of mine letting me know that she got COVID and is very afraid. What a day! Ever had one like that?
I woke up this morning thinking – how the heck am I going to be positive for others when I didn’t sleep, I don’t feel like anyone cares or sees how hard I am trying, I can’t do anything to help my friends, and the world is in such a bad place (in other words – pity party in full swing – really more than full swing, kind of like – took over Disneyland, had Beyoncé sing in person, and had a cocktail named after me, kind of over the top pity party).
Then this showed up in my feed…
When I saw this, I remembered the story of the Farmer and the Donkey. Thought that maybe some of you may be going through a rough patch as well. If you are, you may benefit from this as well. If you’ve heard it before, well, I know it helped me to read it again. Maybe keep it handy for a time when you feel like you are heading out to your own pity party, or we can have a party together (socially distanced with masks on) and read it to each other. 😊
The Farmer and the Donkey
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway-it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all of his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.
A MacDonald’s Employee Jumped Through a Window and Saved a Customer. Here’s What Every Leader Can Learn: Sydney Raley, a 15-year-old with autism, likely saved the woman’s life.
This week’s submissions include a Thought Piece on Life, a European commercial that rewards Bravery and models Creativity, an opportunity to extend your thanks and invites others to do the same and some insights from the Dalai Lama to round out the week. Click the links below to view the content.
The 4th Annual Thank a Teacher campaign has launched, and this year we’ve gone green—thank you notes can now be submitted online. Click the link below to view the email that Mission Fed members received as a reminder to show appreciation to the teachers that do so much in their mission to educate.