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Some beautiful shots of what people all over SoCal treated themselves to. Food is such a great expression of culure, community… LOVE.
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While some associate prayer with religion, I connect it to an awareness, level compassion and magnitude of power, without the restriction of a particular belief system. Some say prayer works, others say it’s rubbish but in times of crisis, when it seems nothing can be done… I say, why not give it a try? There will ALWAYS be crisis. There will ALWAYSbe people in need. Build a unified community. Share your heart with others, cast your concerns into the air and open your eyes to miracles. You just might spot some…
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1. Pray for those in need of rescue that it will come swiftly.
2. Pray for the rescuers – safety, rest, encouragement, in the midst of horror and unrelenting pain.
4. Pray for children who need comfort and safety, hugs and reassurance – even if they are physically “fine.
3. Pray for families that have witnessed the unthinkable, are worried about loved ones, and fearful for their own safety.
5. Pray for governments and authorities that all red tape would dissappear and corruption would cease.
7. Pray for those around you that they would respond not just with what they can do, but with their heart.
6. Pray for relief agencies to have wisdom and compassion to make a lasting difference.
8. Pray for yourself that you would have a heart of compassion – start now and it will grow.
Once you finish praying, ask yourself two questions.
- How can I become personally involved with helping the people?
- How can I financially support someone who is personally involved?
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I’m a big believer in visualization. Here researchers say people who create a healthy eating plan and visualize themselves complying with it may be more successful at improving their diet. What a great way to benefit the mind and body!
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To Eat More Fruit, Picture a Fruit Salad
Visualizing healthy eating helps people do it, research suggests
“But research has shown that if people make a concrete plan about what they are going to do, they are better at acting on their intentions. What we’ve done that’s new is to add visualization techniques to the action plan,” she explained.
“Athletes do lots of work mentally rehearsing their performances before competing and it’s often very successful,” Knauper said. “So we thought having people mentally rehearse how they were going to buy and eat their fruit should make it more likely that they would actually do it. And this is exactly what happened.”
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Advances in neural imaging are giving management researchers a window on how bosses influence their employees’ brain functions. Among the most important findings is that bosses’ own neural patterns can “infect” those of their workers, so it’s vital for leaders to project the emotions and beliefs they hope to inspire in their teams.
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NEUROSCIENCE AND LEADERSHIP: THE PROMISE OF INSIGHTS
Emerging findings in neuroscience research suggest why inspiring and supportive relationships are important — they help activate openness to new ideas and a more social orientation to others. Insights such as these, this author writes, may move the primacy of a leader’s actions away from the often proselytized “results-orientation” toward a relationship orientation. Readers will learn about this and other important findings in neuroscience that have the potential to tell us what we need to know to be good, even great leaders.
son why inspiring and supportive relationships are important — they help activate openness to new ideas and a more social orien
Leaders need to build relationships that inspire and motivate others to do their best, innovate and adapt. In our earlier work, Primal Leadership (Goleman, Boyatzis & McKee, 2002) and Resonant Leadership (Boyatzis & McKee, 2005), we synthesized a great deal of research to support the idea that effective leaders build resonant relationships with those around them. At the same time, less effective leaders or those that are more one-sided seem to create dissonant relationships. We decided to explore this in one fMRI study.
The neuroscience findings emerging suggest a basic reason why inspiring and supportive relationships are important — they help activate openness to new ideas and a more social orientation to others.
Emotional Contagion and Empathy
ecent studies, although somewhat controversial, offer three possibilities regarding emotional contagion: (1) emotional contagion spreads in milliseconds, below conscious recognition (LeDoux, 2002); (2) emotional arousal may precede conceptualization of the event (Iacoboni, 2009); and (3) neural systems activate endocrine systems that, in turn, activate neural systems (Garcia-Segura, 2009).
The most likely implication of these results is that leaders bear the primary responsibility for knowing what they are feeling and therefore, managing the contagion that they infect in others. It requires a heightened emotional self-awareness.
Helping and inspiring others
Leaders should be coaches in helping to motivate and inspire those around them (Boyatzis, Smith & Blaize, 2006). But not any old form of coaching will help. Coaching others with compassion, that is, toward the Positive Emotional Attractor, appears to activate neural systems that help a person open themselves to new possibilities– to learn and adapt.
Positive Emotional Attractor. To arouse the PEA, these studies are suggesting that we need to: (1) be social; and (2) engage the person in positive, hopeful contemplation of a desired future.
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Will American’s adopt a healthier way of eating with powerhouse marketing behind it or will “health food” become commercialized and lose sight of it’s own intention? I always hope for the best. Let us all, stay tuned…
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Former McDonald’s executives to start healthy fast-food chain
Celebrity chefs to create menu that includes low-fat, healthy, vegan and vegetarian options.
Excited? Personally, this sounds like the first “real” healthy fast-food chain to come along in some time. While having some former McDonald’s executives on board (their chief communications officer is also a former 20-year veteran of the company), isn’t without some irony, it makes perfect business sense. Why not build a new healthy fast-food empire using the lessons and experienced garnered from the previous?
“Every decision we make — from using eco-friendly building and packaging materials, to ingredients we source, to providing an engaged service team and partnering with local nonprofits — will engage and inspire our guests, and ultimately, have a tremendous impact,” explained Sidwell.
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