Mindfulness Quotes and Resources

Mindfulness Quotes & Resources

Below are a few of our most recent mindfulness quotes and resources from our partner, mindfulness expert Matt Tenney.  New mindfulness quotes are published every Monday as part of our Daily Leadership Inspiration email and are free to receive.

Mindfulness Quotes & Resources

“Mindfulness training… allows us to recognize that our thoughts, including those coming from that voice inside our heads, are conditioned phenomena that simply arise and pass away in the mind… More than just understanding intellectually, we know that we are not our thinking.”
– Matt Tenney –

Mindfulness Monday courtesy of Matt Tenney, author of The Mindfulness Edge

“When we really listen deeply, it become increasingly clear that we are not that voice in our heads. We are what’s listening to that voice.”
– Matt Tenney –

Mindfulness Monday courtesy of Matt Tenney, author of The Mindfulness Edge

“Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat.”
– Audre Lorde –

The Wednesday Grind is courtesy of Little Amps Coffee Roasters

“The moment we, as leaders, state an opinion, we’re very likely to steer thinking away from ideas that are contrary to that opinion. These may be the very ideas that we need to hear to arrive at the best solutions.”
– Matt Tenney –

Mindfulness Monday courtesy of Matt Tenney, author of The Mindfulness Edge

“Mindfulness training helps us become very comfortable with change and even embrace it. During all moments of practice, and especially while sitting still, we gradually transform our intellectual understanding that ‘Everything is always changing’ into wisdom.”
– Matt Tenney –

Mindfulness Monday courtesy of Matt Tenney, author of The Mindfulness Edge

Today, take a moment and think about how you handle change.

Consider a time when something changed for you because of circumstances beyond your control. You didn’t like this change and your first reaction was to fight it. Yet you adapted… eventually.  How did you do this?

There’s a good chance that you spoke with friends, family or colleagues, one of whom said something that provided you with a new perspective. Or perhaps the passage of time enabled you to find a new perspective on your own.

Perspective is how we adapt to and “manage” change. Agile leaders understand that the method(s) and speed with which you gain perspective can provide a competitive advantage. They also understand that developing perspective is a muscle that must be exercised.

The next time that change “happens”, take a beat and deliberately exercise your perspective muscle. You’ll be amazed how strong it becomes with practice.

Factual Friday brought to you by Chad Harvey

George Washington once advised that “Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind than on the externals in the world.”  So don’t forget to look inward today.

Presidents’ Day Inspiration is brought to you by Chad Harvey

Being an effective leader means being both reflective and deliberate, so today take six minutes and be a little of both.

First, using the initial two minutes, recall a leadership action you took within the past six months. The outcome could have been the one you desired or “other.” What matters is what you think about the action, why you took it and how it made you feel.

Next, take the second two minute block and think about who you are as a leader. Ask yourself questions like “How does my recent action reflect my leadership style?” or “What is my style?”

Finally, take the remaining two minutes and in two sentences or less write down the type of leader you are. (Remember, brevity is beautiful).

Your written leadership description isn’t a complete value statement or a life philosophy. Instead, let it serve as a self-reflective meditation on your leadership. Then, the next time you need to take action, consider your decision through the lens of your leadership statement and let that serve as a catalyst for your personal growth. Because you’re the only one capable of doing that hard work.

Factual Friday brought to you by Chad Harvey

Right now you feel anxious because you’ve sent an e-message (email, text, etc.) and you haven’t yet received a reply. But don’t worry, you’re not alone with feeling this way.

Face-to-face conversation response time is 200 milliseconds and, with e-messages being nearly instantaneous, we’ve fooled ourselves into believing that e-message response times should be the same as face-to-face. (Spoiler: They’re not.) Additionally, with text messages now the prevalent communication medium for Americans under the age of fifty, there’s never been more e-messages coming at us faster. So how do we put our e-message anxiety into check?

1. Recognize that you’re projecting your own set of priorities and expectations onto the recipient and that those two mindsets will never be identical.
2. Understand that part of your anxiety stems from a fear of rejection and that delayed responses do not mean that you’re being rejected or are unliked. (See Point #1).
3. Adopt a new mindset for e-messages. Think of them as a note left on your kitchen counter where the subject matter was important enough to write down, but not important enough to warrant a phone call or an immediate call to action.

E-messages aren’t going away and neither are their delayed responses. To stay sane, it’s time to reframe your thinking.

Factual Friday brought to you by Chad Harvey

“Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.”
– Alexis Charles Henri Clérel, Viscount de Tocqueville –

Thinkful Thursday is courtesy of the Army Heritage Center Foundation


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