We all want to be ourselves, authentic in the world. It’s part of being a healthy human. But too often, those of us who understand the benefits of alternative healing and mindfulness feel pressured by family and friends who don’t “get it.” Follow your bliss to a healthier life.
Stress Reduction Techniques may even be covered by insurance
It can be frustrating, but we should take comfort in the fact that, more and more, mainstream culture is embracing holistic living. Many insurance policies cover massage, acupuncture and chiropractic healing now. And businesses are embracing meditation and other stress-reducing techniques to support employee health.
Business guru Bill George, faculty member at the Harvard Business School, recently shared his passion for meditation at the Huffington Post. George, former CEO of Medtronics, is famous for his books about authentic leadership and personal development for business leaders.
Mindfulness and Mediation no longer just new age – it’s mainstream
In the Huffington Post, George wrote that, although he’s been practicing meditation for 27 years, he has only recently been open about it. “For years I was reluctant to talk about meditating, as it sounded too “new age,” especially to the media. Today, mindfulness is becoming mainstream, no longer confined to closed-door meditation circles and therapy sessions. Public interest in mindfulness is increasing, as evidenced by the proliferation of literature on the subject; an Amazon search for “mindfulness” brings up 4,006 books.”
Mediation can improve concentration and clarity
George cites medical studies as well as business cases for the value of meditation to support personal and corporate health. He believes that leaders in any arena can benefit as he has: “The clarity that comes with meditation enables me to escape from my never-ending “to do” list and concentrate on my most important priorities, not letting them be overtaken by the urgent, less important tasks that can be delegated. The self-awareness that comes from meditation helps me understand how others perceive me and how to empower them.”
What are you doing to support your authentic self?
What holistic tools help you become a better leader, a better parent, a better friend? No matter what the small- minded people who surround us might say, we know what is good for us. Meditation and other calming tools can make all the difference. The first step in being authentic is honoring ourselves and our needs.
Step out of the frequency of Fear
The world is a stressful place, but that doesn’t mean we can’t live well. AnnaMariah Nau, expert in healing gems, says it well: “When we are fearful, or open to the fear around us, our defenses begin to crumble. We are more and more at the mercy of those around us who would seek to control. By stepping out of that frequency, you come back to your normal, centered self and can withstand the thoughts, fears, desires of the people and the world around you. You are in control again, no longer a victim of our times or your life and the people in it. Free to create and enjoy.”
Follow your bliss
So follow your bliss. You’ll go far, with joy and health, as long as you do. And, like Bill George, you may well find the world catches up with your holistic “bottom line.”
By Carol Burbank, Ph.D.
On 9-25-16 we received this email from Martin, and after looking at his article, it seemed worth a mention.
Just wanted to give you a heads up that I published a similar, but more in-depth guide (6,500+ words) on everything people ever wanted to know about Authentic Leadership, definitions, authentic leader qualities and more. We’ll explore the core elements of the model and the characteristics that define authentic leaders. We’ll explain the benefits and the shortcomings of the theory, before providing you examples of leaders who’ve showcased authentic leadership.
It’s like the above article but much more thorough, comprehensive and up to date: https://www.cleverism.com/authentic-leadership-guide/
Might be worth a mention in your article. 🙂
Either way, keep up the awesome work!
Note: article was originally published January 2015, but with this new link it seemed that republishing it could be helpful to many.