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The greatest gift: listening and being listened

Today, I share with you one of the mindfulness integrated practices that I like the most and that I feel has a huge impact on the way we relate to ourselves and with others: conscious listening. Most of us probably spend the day communicating with other people and feeling that we listen to them. In […]

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What does neuroscience tell us about mindfulness?

Research shows that around 50% of our awake time we are mind-wandering and one of the reasons why that happens is because our brain has a default mode network. The concept of a default mode network was developed after researchers inadvertently noticed surprising levels of brain activity in experimental participants who were supposed to be […]

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Emotional Intelligence Traits in a Time of Crisis

Covid-19 presents the ultimate test across industries and geographies as almost every organization is experiencing unprecedented challenges. Mental and emotional stamina, courage and compassion are the tools to navigate all this uncertainty. Emotional intelligence is essential for communities impacted by crises. Think of Emotional Intelligence (EI) as your internal toolkit, a collection of faculties you […]

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self-compassion

Why do we need self-compassion so much? (Part 2)

Self-compassion helps us to look at what is in us, with acceptance and kindness. Kristin Neff, one leading researcher in this field and creator of the Mindfulness Self Compassion program (also knows an MSC), defines self-compassion as three steps process: Mindfulness: the awareness of what we are and what we experience. The ability to observe […]

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self-compassion

Why do we need self-compassion so much? (Part 1)

For a long time, self-compassion was an unloved word for me. I associated it with the act of “feeling sorry for me” – like “if feeling pity of myself” – and if I would felt sorry for me, others would also feel this sorry for me, and it all would make myself look like a […]

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The value of emotional intelligence in difficult times (part 2)

We understand Emotional intelligence (or EQ) as including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. Additionally, we practice mindfulness to train awareness as the foundation for all other EQ competencies. A sustain practice can get us these 5 benefits. increased calm and focus. managing emotions and making skillful decisions. increasing resilience. enhancing creativity and innovation. […]

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EQ in difficult times

The value of emotional intelligence in difficult times (part 1)

The world has fundamentally shifted with COVID-19 spreading around the globe. Everything has simultaneously slowed down and become more urgent and intense, especially at work. It is a new world and it is a more difficult world. It is a VUCA world, being “VUCA” a military concept that describes situations which are Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, […]

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Attitudes

The 9 Attitudes of Mindfulness

Although we usually simplify this “attitude” thing by describing “curiosity, kindness, and non-judgmentally” as the fundamental way of how we enter into relationship with ourselves and with those around us, it helps to go deeper and understand better. […]

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Triángulo.

Training in attention, intention, and attitude.

Usually, mindfulness and meditation practitioners miss clarity about what is being taken care of in our inside experience and what is being trained inside our brain. This clarity is important because it helps to understand our practice from the roots, becoming a key learning which will later improve and direct the practice. Mindfulness and meditation […]

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Mindfulness: expectation vs reality

During these years when I have facilitated mindfulness programs and sessions, I heard something like this several times: “I can’t meditate. I’ve tried, but it’s not for me”. For many, the initial experience with Mindfulness practice (especially with meditation) is one of frustration and restlessness, which usually leads them to give up. Most of the […]

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