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StephanieWestAllen
My blogs are at http://www.idealawg.net and http://www.brainsonpurpose.com .
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If you believe as I do that a mindful mediator is a more effective mediator—both because of his or her adept ability to utilize conflict resolution skills but more importantly because of the direct effect he or she has on the parties' affect (i.e., mood)—then I have a suggested program... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at idealawg
Click to read the April 2014 edition of Mindfulness Research Monthly. This new edition includes 61 new cites: 16 Interventions, 21 Associations, 7 Methods, 15 Reviews, and 2 Trials. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at idealawg
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In February, a large group of us were fortunate to hear neuroscientist Amishi Jha speak on the brain science of mindfulness. All of you, no matter where you are, can watch part of her program now. Click to see her Friday evening lecture. The YouTube description: Respected brain researcher Amishi Jha brings a fascinating exploration of findings from cutting-edge neuroscience... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Brains On Purpose™
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Click to watch a video Path of Freedom about a meditation project in a Rhode Island men's prison. From YouTube: In the harsh environment of a Rhode Island men's prison, a group of fifty inmates are transforming their lives through the practice of meditation. Path of Freedom follows former inmate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at idealawg
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I am pleased to say that the interview by Zena Zumeta of me for the Texas Conflict Coach Radio Blog Show was one of The Best of 2013. The description: Brains on Purpose: Traits and States to Shape Your Conflict Fate Our brains are changing all the time. We can be in control of those changes or we can have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
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Your tone of voice can affect your client's ability to hear you, especially in times of stress. In order to have a tone of voice that allows us to be heard, we need to monitor our own level of tension, our own level of defensiveness, our own level of feeling safe. Ongoing monitoring requires mindfulness. And a truly calming tone... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
The latest video to be posted on the YouTube channel for the Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness in the Law is The Lawyer's Brain on Meditation: Insights from Neuroscience. The description: Neuroscientist Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph D, Science Director of the Greater Good Science Center, presents at Berkeley Law on the ways meditation can improve the well-being, concentration, and emotional intelligence of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
Click to watch a video of Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas giving a short overview (around 20 minutes) of the biology of mindfulness and compassion. I recommend it; she's entertaining, in addition to being knowledgeable. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at idealawg
Click to read the March edition of Mindfulness Research Monthly. It includes 50 new cites: 14 Interventions, 14 Associations, 8 Methods, 10 Reviews, and 4 Trials. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at idealawg
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If you are acting like a zombie, you are probably acting mindlessly. Although they can be scarily entertaining, zombies are apt metaphors for mindlessness, a not so entertaining but sometimes scary state. In this good post in which you will learn more about zombies "Defeat the Zombie Apocalypse with Mindfulness"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at idealawg
Below is an article with a good overview of a skill and habit that is helpful, probably essential, to both parties in dispute and conflict professionals: focusing a mind that's wandering. The article also explains some of the neuroscience underlying focus and wandering. From "How to Focus a Wandering Mind" (DailyGood.org): Reading all this might make you think that we’d... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
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In my recent post about using literature to facilitate discussions and reflection, I mentioned a wonderful book called Final Chapters: Writings about the End of Life. The writings in the book were selected from entries in a competition to which people submitted their thoughts and experiences related to death. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at idealawg
In this interview (Caucus on Mediation) of long-time mediator Gary Friedman, he answers that question and several others. And in the interview he mentions his forthcoming book Inside Out which will go into the topics of this interview and many more in great depth. I'm looking forward to reading it!... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at idealawg
Harvard Business Review has just published an interview with Dr. Ellen Langer, about whom I have blogged here several times in the past. From "Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity," some excellent advice which specifically reminds me of mediation: When people say, “This is the way to do it,” that’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at idealawg
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To improve healthcare workers' job satisfaction and patient care, several physicians and aligned professionals are learning about and using narrative practices. For example, take a look at this article about two people in North Carolina who are teaching courses in Narrative Medicine. From "Stories heal at narrative medicine workshop" (Mountain... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at idealawg
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I was happy to see an interview of my friend and colleague Francine Campone on the ICF blog. From "Why the Science of Coaching Matters: A Q&A With Francine Campone, Ed.D., MCC": A decade ago, I dined at an ICF event with an experienced Executive Coach who told me, point-blank,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at idealawg
The Institute of Human Development & The Institute of Cognitive & Brain Sciences at UC Berkeley, The Philosophy + Literature Initiative at Stanford, and the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio State University presents: The Science of Story and Imagination Perspectives from Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and the Humanities This... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at idealawg
51 new cites are included in this month's edition of Mindfulness Research Monthly: 16 Interventions, 10 Associations, 5 Methods, 15 Reviews, and 5 Trials. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
Since the past is usually an important factor in a dispute, understanding the process of memory can be helpful to anyone involved in the dispute and its resolution. Although the malleability of memory is not a new topic here at this blog, a reminder can be of value. So here's a news release from Northwestern University. Your memory is no... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
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As I blogged about recently, well-chosen movies and movie clips can be used to start conversations on topics that may be difficult to broach, including relationship challenges and death-and-dying-related matters. Short readings can serve the same purpose. Excerpts from the forthcoming book Final Chapters, reminded of the valuable function of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at idealawg
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A colleague of mine, a very imaginative consultant named Gail Rubin, quite effectively uses movies to facilitate planning for death (click for a program example), including the writing of wills. Reading the below press release about couples watching movies to improve or preserve their relationships got me thinking of many... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at idealawg
Excellent news! If you have an interest in the neuroscience of mindfulness and are in the Denver/Boulder area, here's an opportunity to learn from one of the top experts on the topic. Click to learn all the details about the presentations on February 21 and 22 by Dr. Amishi Jha. (On February 22, she will be joined by Jane Carpenter.) Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
Excellent news! If you have an interest in the neuroscience of mindfulness and are in the Denver/Boulder area, here's an opportunity to learn from one of the top experts on the topic. Click to learn all the details about the presentations on February 21 and 22 by Dr. Amishi Jha.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at idealawg
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Memoir and life story writing, genealogy and family-tree shaking, ethical wills and legacy leaving: All are very popular topics and processes today. Although writing about one's past can facilitate moving forward into the future, help one ascertain his or her most important values, and illuminate how and to whom to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at idealawg
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I have interviewed Judith Fein before about increasing self-awareness through travel. Today I am again interviewing Judith, this time about her new book The Spoon from Minkowitz: A Bittersweet Roots Journey to Ancestral Lands. She was kind enough to give me a review copy of the book and I savored... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at idealawg