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An Essential Practice for Public Leadership

When I say "mindfulness", what comes to mind? If the image that immediately pops up is a "woo-woo bleeding heart" sitting cross-legged, alone on the mountain top, eyes closed, silently contemplating the meaning of life while the rest of us get the real work of the world done - you wouldn't be alone. But the truth is, the real work that government and nonprofit leaders take on day in and day out is increasingly complex: diverse stakeholders, competing priorities, resource constraints, 24-7 connectedness, and tough calls trying to balance engagement and transparency with the urgency of now. Read more of my thoughts on why mindfulness is an essential practice for public leadership on the UNC Sc

Type A Yoga & Brahmacharya

"The cause of our suffering , however, is not our imperfection but our mistaken belief in our imperfection. Acting under the erroneous assumption that we are imperfect, we reach outside of ourselves to create balance, to end our suffering….All of our effort, all our striving merely worsens our situation and deepens our conviction that we are somehow flawed. " - Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison The fourth yama, or self-regulating behavior, that yogic philosophy invites us to practice is brahmacharya: continence or right use of energy. For us Type A folks who are often externally, achievement-oriented, I believe essential message

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