Mindful Startups

Exploring mindful approaches to the entrepreneurial journey, including neuroscience, psychology, and contemplative practice.
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And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
For man to be able to live he must either not see the infinite, or have such an explanation of the meaning of life as will connect the finite with the infinite.

Join Dan Harris and Dr. Richard Davidson as they explore the science behind training your brain for happiness, good health, excellence at work, and more. Does brain training really work? How can it work for you?

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
George Bernard Shaw
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Henry David Thoreau
To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.
William James
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Steve Jobs
When people say, “I’m the kind of person who,” my heart always sinks. These are formulas, we’ve all got about ten formulas about who we are, what we like, the kind of people we like, all that stuff. The disparity between these phrases and how one experiences oneself minute by minute is ludicrous. It’s like the caption under a painting. You think, Well, yeah, I can see it’s called that. But you need to look at the picture.
Maya Angelou
Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love?’ These are the real questions.
Henri Nouwen
We all know what makes for good character in soldiers. We’ve seen the movies about heroes who display courage, loyalty and coolness under fire. But what about somebody who sits in front of a keyboard all day? Is it possible to display and cultivate character if you are just an information age office jockey, alone with a memo or your computer? Of course it is.
David Brooks in his NYT column, “The Mental Virtues.

Advice to the Wayfarer:

Begin a pilgrimage with a mind free of entanglements and regrets.
Abandon projects.
Let go of plans, hopes, and dreams.
Go forth as if you have settled your affairs, made your will, disposed of your possessions, paid your debts, resolved your differences with friends and acquaintances, provided for the care of those who are dependent upon you, made peace with your enemies, and bade
farewell to your loved ones.
Go forth as if you will never return.

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Daniel Goleman, bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus, makes the case for teaching emotional literacy in schools and how to put it into practice.

Dan Harris: Hack Your Brain’s Default Mode with Meditation

ABC News Anchor Dan Harris talks about why meditation is the next big thing and what’s holding it back from becoming mainstream.

"In the 1940s if you told people that you went running they would say, who’s chasing you. Right now if you tell people you meditate—and I have a lot of experience with telling people this, they’re going to look at you like you’re a little weird most of the time. That’s going to change."

In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
Lao-tzu (via trevorloy)