"Those of us who are called to advance a more just society...also have a responsibility to create change while embodying the same principles of integrity and justice we hope to see in the world. This requires a level of mindfulness." - Gretchen Ki Steidel, Founder & President Global Grassroots and Author, A Toolkit for Conscious Social Change.
Changing the world is tough.
All too often social impact leaders work toward multiple bottom lines, navigate competing priorities, manage multiple stakeholders, face constant resource constraints, and live every minute inundated with information - all while staring down the world's greatest challenges.
To achieve their bold visions, transformational leaders need access to a diverse set of tools and habits to help regularly cultivate focus, resilience, and joy. Mindfulness is one of those essential practices.
So what is mindfulness exactly?
At its most basic, mindfulness is about paying attention. So simple to understand, yet so challenging to actually do.
Read more of my thoughts on Mindfulness: A Critical Tool for Social Impact on Duke University's Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship blog