Loneliness and leadership - from aloneness to community

Our loneliness has long served as a message that we need community to thrive. Belonging is who we have become. To feel the warmth of bonding and the rhythm of our heart is to be human. We cannot ever solve loneliness by turning to external validation, though. We cannot belong from a place of lack. We cannot belong without true kindness. The big paradox then: To feel less lonely, we actually, first of all, need to hang out a little more with ourselves: Alone. And from the space of all-oneness, kind with ourselves, we can create community. 

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Learning with the soles of our feet

As humans, we have a basic yearning to learn. So I recently began a concentrated effort to lean into this. Which led to the questions: How do we best learn? How do we integrate what we read in meaningful ways?  With a few proven steps, your learning can turn into liquid knowledge. And one day, you'll find, what you know flows easily from one subject field to the next. It is in this fluidity that creativity, innovation, success, magic and the very best of leadership unfold. Learning feeds the heart, the mind, and, with a bow to its etymology, the soles of our feet. 

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Journaling into Leadership

Journaling comes down to simply setting time aside to organize thoughts and dreams with the aid of written language, utterly without judgment. This very act uncovers spaciousness. New solutions orient themselves in mesmerizing patterns like iron filaments around a magnet. We energize ourselves with the visibility of our own resourcefulness. Journaling is a powerful pathway into more effective leadership. which leaders like Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln have long known. 

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Listening as Presence

The acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton, who defines real quiet as "presence," explores a practice of deep listening as a taking in of the world, just as it is. The art of listening is so needed. From war zones to family settings and businesses, poor listening has caused enormous suffering, cost lives, and the loss of millions of dollars. Research shows that the average person listens at only about 25 percent efficiency. So how do we learn to listen again? 

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Calm, confidence, joy.

This summer, an obituary caught my attention for the ways that it seemed to capture so perfectly the radiance of the open, harmonious heart, embracing happiness. It was for the sufi singer Amjad Sabri, a leader on deep levels. The thing is, we can all choose a more open heart. This aching world needs it.

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