Mindful Startups

Exploring mindful approaches to the entrepreneurial journey, including neuroscience, psychology, and contemplative practice.
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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)
The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.
Aung San Suu Kyi
I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
There is always an enormous temptation in all of life to diddle around making itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for itsy-bitsy years on end … I won’t have it. The world is wider than that in all directions, more dangerous and bitter, more extravagant and bright.
Annie Dillard
Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.
Jose Ortega y Gasset
The real art of communication is not only to say the right thing at the right time and place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
Lady Dorothy Neville
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
William James (via mindfulstartups)
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
William James
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
Alan Watts