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The Benefits of Meditation: Meditation has likely been practised throughout the span of human history. This artcle explores what meditation does, and some of the many benefits to the practitioner.

Mantra Meditation: Meditatiing with a mantra is a simple and effective way to calm the mind and become centred in the present moment. This article provides simple, basic instructions for mantra meditation.

Mindfulness Meditation: Meditative forms are legion and mindfulness meditation is amongst the most subtle and effective. This article provides simple instructions on how to use the natural rhythm of the breath to practice mindfulness.

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In the Spirit

On The Journey
Now and then, life has a way of laying waste to our best made plans. In that, it can remind us not to take ourselves too seriously and to reaffirm what is really important in this life....our journey.
One day, on a trip out to one of the Native reserves I use to service, I drove into a Winter blizzard. There were cars in the ditch and people pulling off the road, travel was slow and I was beginning to think that I might not make it out there that day. As I thought this I became irritated and rather frustrated at this unexpected whim of nature and the fact that it could mean not making it to my destination.
As I drove on in frustration, it suddenly occurred to me that I use to enjoy storms and blizzards in my younger years; they always seemed so elemental and could turn the ordinary into the exceptional. I had promised myself years earlier that I would never allow myself to become someone who could not appreciate a good storm and the gift of havoc that it can bring and yet there I was, irritated and unappreciative.
I looked at the road ahead of me. I could only see a few car lengths ahead. I had no choice but to look at the road right in front of me. In a wave my attitude changed and I felt uplifted. I saw the storm as a blessing that forced me to focus, not on some distant destination, but on what was right in front of me. I smiled when I realized that the day's journey could be a wonderful thing whether or not I made it to my destination. Well I did indeed make it, but more importantly I re-learned the joy of opening myself to the adventure that life throws at us each day. I re-learned to focus on my journey


Book Recommendation

Gay Hendrick’s & Kate Ludeman’s “The Corporate Mystic.”

When The Corporate Mystic was first released in 1996 it provided a compelling vision for the future of business leadership. Sufficiently ahead of the curve at the time, its message is still fresh and relevant today. The authors use the term “corporate mystic” to refer to those business leaders who who operate from a base of integrity, pursue their visions with passion and compassion, and evoke the full potential of those with whom they come in contact. They are men and women who are committed to being their full, undivided selves, and to promoting the same in others. Their key gift is the capacity to project themselves into the future, intuit a clear vision of where their organizations need to go, create a road map to get there, and inspire those they lead toward the realization of the journey.

Hendricks and Ludeman have drawn on their extensive experience in training leading executives to identify the core qualities corporate leaders need to possess to flourish in today's ever changing business environment. They then provide guidelines to help readers develop and use these qualities in their current leadership roles and private lives. The book is insightful, inspiring, and validating to those who have already become corporate mystics in their own ways. For some, it may well read as a manifesto. The Corporate Mystic: A Guidebook For Visionaries With Their Feet On The Ground was published in 1996 by Bantam.

Other book recommendations are available here.

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Copyright © 2002,  G. S. Renfrey

G. Stephen Renfrey, Ph.D


Words of Wisdom:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
-Mark Twain




Thought for Food

Our thoughts largely determine how we see the world about us and have a profound effect on what we do and what we are becoming. Take care that your thoughts are creating the life you want.
“A man is what he thinks about all day long” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought” -Buddha





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