Founder and Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), Dr. James Doty, speaks on the power of compassion and importance of the work of CCARE. At Peace Tree Society our mission is very similar and our efforts have been to bring awareness and education with practical day to day tools for building the muscle of compassion in our daily life. Master Sunita who is an epitome of Compassion and Empathy has been serving humanity for about 4 decades now all around the world in bringing inner transformation and overall wellbeing.
Breathing meditation is a powerful ally for military veterans recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to Stanford research recently published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress. For several years, Dr.Emma Seppala, associate director of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and lead author of the article, has been studying the effects of breathing-based meditation practices on veterans suffering from PTSD.
Remember the days of school and college where we would be done with exams and celebrate the holidays after, nothing to worry or care about.
But in reality each Moment of our Life is an Exam, an exam to Master the Mind, Win over the 6 Vices and Realize the Pure Self.
As Master Sunita says Sookshma is ‘Constant Integrated Awareness’ – CIA. It’s not like we practice Yoga/Meditation and life is all party.
Practice of Sookshma builds the muscle of moment to moment, Attention, Alertness and Awareness(AAA). Master emphasizes on the importance of this Subtle Check all the time, so that we do not become victim to the vices. This eventually makes us Central Intelligence Agency – CIA of our Own Self.
First time ever Master Sunita Bapooji talks about how Sookshma was born and how it transformed her childhood and later thousands of people around the world. Also in this video she does a hands on demonstration to simplify why Inner cleansing is more important than just superficial, false makeover we do in life. An absolute treat to watch Master in action entertaining and enlightening many. This was part of Sustenance festival organized by Round House Centre in Vancouver Downtown on Oct 13 2012.
Dan Harris explains the neuroscience behind meditation, but reminds us that the ancient practice isn’t magic and likely won’t send one floating into the cosmic ooze. He predicts that the exercise will soon become regularly scheduled maintenance, as commonplace as brushing your teeth or eating your veggies. Harris, an ABC News correspondent, was turned on to mediation after a live, on-air panic attack.
Daniel Siegel, a neuroscientist and author of The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being, contends that a corporate culture of cognitive short-cuts results in oversimplification, curtailed curiosity, reliance on ingrained beliefs and the development of perceptional blind spots. He argues that mindfulness practices enable individuals to jettison judgement and develop more flexible feelings toward what before may have been mental events they tried to avoid, or towards which they had intense averse reactions.
Here are some ways in which leaders can be far more mindful in their conversations:
Ensure they are fully present and focused on the current conversation with another. This means having taken the time to clear the mind from the previous conversation or meeting and also not having their mind focused on the next meeting or conversation;
Engage in a brief grounding 2 minute meditation prior to important conversations or meetings to facilitate calm and clear intentions;
Practice “beginner’s mind”—suspending assumptions, fixed beliefs and having the predetermined answer to issues— which enables them to see the situation or others’ perspectives brand new, without prejudgment;
Practice empathetic listening to others. This involves not just hearing words, but attuning to others’ emotions and feelings;
Practice compassionate responses. If the conversation is a result of another who has made a mistake or failed in some way, rather than automatically reacting with criticism, judgment or punishment, intentionally responding with compassion first;
Stop needing to be right and the “authority” in all conversations. This requires the leader to be able to say “I don’t know,” show vulnerability and turning to others for answers;
Practice reflective listening. All too often in conversations and meetings, the leader is the one who talks the most and others listen. Mindful leaders do the opposite, listening and reflecting most of the time.
In meetings, formally checking in with how the other participants are feeling that day individually and one at a time, to gauge the energy in the room.
In summary, mindful leaders have very different conversations, ones that not only facilitate better involvement by others, but also deeper connections.
21st Century: The “Selfish Gene” is replaced by “Super Genes”, which respond to your lifestyle to determine your health and well being.
Sookshma program of Master Sunita is a way of life filled with abundant inner peace, steps to create a harmonious environment for overall well being using simple /subtle exercises, breathing and meditation and shifting the consciousness from Selfishness to Self Awareness.
Marc Benioff (Salesforce CEO) says “You want to be a great Entrepreneur, you want to build a great company, you want to build great products, you want to change the industry, you want to be next Steve Jobs, then listen to his message – Realize your Self, Develop yourself, Go Inside and then Find that greatness, Be Mindful and Project the Future. That’s what he did and everyone can do it. That is the real message of Steve Jobs.”
The day to day mind is like a wind of judgements and emotions that flickers the lamp of our Soul and inhibits us experience the Inner Light steadily. Sookshma Meditation of Master Sunita is a process of stilling, stabilizing and purifying the mind so that we can spread the light of Purity to the Humanity. Reveal your Inner Light by taking every opportunity to go within and realizing the Pure Self