TLISI 2019: Creating Spaces to Lead with the Heart
Learning and integrating a mindful practice has become central to our way of life in education, work and home lives. Having presence as a leader, or being the “lead energy”, means going beyond the feelings of stress in our personal and professional lives, to being more present with an open heart. Learning compassion mindful-based practices can help lead us to sustainable engagement in how we live, work and learn. How we can change an environment so we encourage learning from each other? Whether it is imagery to help with envisioning, compassion-based action, or self-awareness, mindfulness has the capacity to create these heart-led shared spaces. There are different ways that mind and body connect so we can work and learn with more energized intent to mentor creative innovative solutions. Mindfulness, compassion, breath and movement (or embodied practice) all help to promote attention and learning. Charles DeSantis, Chief Benefits and Wellness Officer for Georgetown University, has long incorporated mindfulness practice and presence in his programming and leadership approach. From wellness breaks to Ignatian discernment to mindfulness practices, Charles has been an advocate and example of creating space for thriving at home and work. In addition, Charles' work with refugee and orphan populations has informed his thinking and being as a healing and heart-led presence at Georgetown University. Faculty and staff will experience the mindful embodied practice of Qigong and its practical application for leading in the classroom, work space and at home. While Qigong is has been called moving meditation and is a gentle form of movement, it also involves still meditation. It has been known to help enhance health with physical, mental, spiritual benefits. No previous experience is necessary and the movement portion can be adapted to any level and done seated. Ann Duvall has been teaching Qigong and wellness at Georgetown for Faculty and Staff Benefits for several years. To learn more about her go to annduvall.com.
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