Monthly Archives February 2017

Empathy – Walking in another’s shoes

There is an African pro-verb saying “don’t judge people unless you have walked for a couple of miles in their shoes”. Yet discernment is human; it is part of our life. We often need it to walk our path with clarity. Can we learn discernment while simultaneously also learning to suspend judgment? Judging inappropriately and denying ourselves our shared humanity is a tendency we all have. It shows up in the inner struggle to walk past or help a beggar in the streets or in making or not making the time to ask our staff – how are you? If
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Mindfulness keeps us Aware

Awareness creates the distance needed to observe reality without judgment. In turn, such a distance allows insights to emerge. What seems separate begins to fit into a bigger picture. Awareness begins with observation and reflection. When we observe we take a step backwards. Instead of getting entangled in habitual patterns we just watch and become aware of all we have not noticed before. Integrating phases of stillness into our leadership journey helps us to slowly disintegrate habitual thought patterns, or preconceptions, and their subsequent actions. And when we  reflect, we draw meaning and coherence from a stream of incoherent experiences. This is
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