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The Mindful Leader


Michael Carroll




A new generation of business leaders is turning to mindfulness as a cutting-edge leadership tool. Research suggests that the practice of mindfulness--a technique for learning to live in the present moment--can help individuals gain clarity, reduce stress, optimize performance, and develop a greater sense of well-being. Michael Carroll, corporate executive, Buddhist teacher and author of The Mindful Leader will give mindfulness meditation instruction and discuss how such mind training can cultivate natural leadership talents like courage, confidence and poise. We will explore how mindfulness, beyond mere pleasantry, is how we can learn to adopt a realistic and inspiring approach toward workplace leadership.


Galileo was quite controversial, of course in his time, because he was claiming that something that we all could see with our own eyes wasn't true, we could all see that the Earth doesn't move, and that the sun and moon and stars go around the earth. And we believe that as a race for about 2000 years, and Galileo was saying that your eyes are lying to you, the earth actually moves and is not the center of the universe. And he was put under house arrest for him, we don't like to be told that our senses aren't telling us the truth. And then Galileo took it.

Another step, he said, is not just that our senses are lying about movement of the earth. He said that he thought that tastes, odors, colors, and so on, reside in consciousness. Hence, if the living creature were removed, all these properties, these qualities would be utterly annihilated. That's almost a direct quote in the translation. So he was saying that our senses are also making up the tastes, odors and colors that we experience.

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