Mindfulness For Pain

Mindfulness For Pain


“I cannot make the pain go away, but I can change how I respond to it.”

Vidyamala Burch knows the agony of living with never-ending pain. She injured her spine in 1977 when she was just 16 years old. It happened when she was lifting someone out of a swimming pool in lifesaving practice. The injury was serious.

Five years later, she met with a car accident and her spine got injured once again. Thereafter, over the years her spinal condition has only deteriorated. So much so, she now uses crutches or a wheelchair for mobility due to partial paraplegia.

She was in treatment at a New Zealand hospital for a spinal injury in 1985. It was here that she first came in touch with meditation and mindfulness. Later, she used mindfulness to ease her mental suffering associated with the physical pain.

What she learned, in fact, was that her pain is unavoidable, but she could ease her mental misery caused by that pain. Clinical trials show that mindfulness meditation can be as effective as prescription painkillers. Mindfulness can also reduce anxiety, depression, irritability, exhaustion and sleeplessness of chronic painful illnesses.

In 2004 she founded Breathworks, which has now spread to over 25 countries.

And in the late 2013, Burch co-authored an excellent book with Danny Penman, a science and health writer for the UK’s Daily Mail, Mindfulness For HealthMindfulness For Health teaches simple practices that take just 10-20 minutes per day. The eight-week program at the heart of this book helps relieve chronic pain and the stress of illness.

It was awarded the Best Book in Popular Medicine at the British Medical Association’s Book Awards 2014.

This book also appears as You Are Not Your Pain in the United States. Jeremy Hunter, PhD, says of this book, “You Are Not Your Pain provides a lucid and powerful guide to meeting life’s inevitabilities. With this book you will learn to work with pain and use it to catalyze growth and transformation.”

To find out more such interesting facts on some of the best #Mindfulness books, check this out: 5 Best Mindfulness Books For Scientifically Proven Results


Social Networking Guidelines

Social Networking Guidelines
  1. The number one rule of social networking is to offer to help others before asking for anything in return. You can even go so far as to help others without expecting anything in return. Serve others before serving yourself. Keith Ferrazzi , author of ‘Never Eat Alone‘ put it best, “The currency of networking is generosity.”
  2. Don’t talk about yourself all the time. Talk about other stuff – share relevant industry articles, not just ones about you or your company, be happy about others’ achievements and share their good news, ask other people about themselves once in a while.
  3. Don’t monopolize the conversation. If you’re just pushing out information without ever engaging with your followers, answering their questions, thanking them, having a little back-and-forth dialogue, then you’re missing the bus. And no one’s gonna wanna follow you for long.
  4. Don’t be a bully. Trolls, flamers and “bashtaggers” are the online equivalent of the playground bully who goes around picking on the little kids. It’s easy to hide behind anonymous social profiles, but that’s just cowardly and uncool. Be nice.
  5. Don’t take what’s not yours. Always give credit where credit is due and don’t steal others’ proprietary work. What goes around, comes around.
  6. If you wouldn’t do it in real life, don’t do it online. Watch what you say and do… it’s all immortalized online.
  7. Say please and thank you. This one’s a no-brainer. Thank others for following you, retweeting you, sharing your content. Thank them by sharing their content, following back or acknowledging them on Follow Friday. Jump onto the comment thread to thank people for sharing their thoughts. Those “magic words” go a long way.

Originally written by: Stacy Donovan Zapar, the most connected woman on LinkedIn since 2008 with more than 40,000 1st-level connections, and 85K+ followers, making her the #5 most connected person out of 400 million members worldwide.

If You’re Happy and You Know It…

If You’re Happy and You Know It…


Learning to leverage happiness in the workplace starts one person at a time.

Most of us have either sat around a campfire ourselves and sang the words or we’ve joined along with our own or other people’s children in a sing-along of “If You’re Happy and You Know It…” followed by the random actions chosen by each singer depicting what makes him or her happy.

If only it were that easy to replicate happiness in the workplace by simply clapping our hands together!

So what does it really take to make us happy at work?


Happiness is not just an emotional quality of being. Within the workplace context, happiness is also a person’s sense of satisfaction with work and life in general.

Nic Marks, founder of the Centre for Well-Being based in the United Kingdom, developed the “Happiness at Work Survey.”. Marks highlights factors impacting happiness at work, namely, enjoyment of the work itself and doing what you do best, along with your pride in the organization you work for and the quality of the management you receive.

These factors strongly influence how you perform on the job. Being able to do the work you love and are good at goes a long way toward job satisfaction. Marks highlights how a well-managed organization affects the degree of collaboration between teams and departments and the support received to get the work done.

The Happiness at Work Survey compares happiness at home and work, examines feelings toward the job itself, your relationships at work, the state of the organization itself, and even the social impact or value your work has.


According to the World Happiness Report 2013, edited by researchers John Helliwell, Richard Layard, and Jeffrey Sachs, the United States ranked in 17th position on level of happiness out of 156 countries worldwide.

Their findings suggest happy people live longer, are more productive, earn more, and are better citizens. Helliwell and his colleagues recommend that countries place as much emphasis on their citizens’ mental health as they do on economic growth.

Zappos founder Tony Hsieh and the Delivering Happiness group out of Las Vegas point to Gallup evidence that disengaged employees cost the American economy up to $350 billion a year due to lost productivity, as an indicator of what unhappiness costs us.

These “actively disengaged” workers were defined as “individuals who are unhappy at work and act out their unhappiness.” Unhappy employees affect those around them by their negative attitudes, likelihood for low performance, increased sickness and absenteeism, and other factors that sabotage productivity.


Harvard lecturer Shawn Achor, author of Before Happiness and The Happiness Advantage, states 90 percent of longterm happiness is derived from how your brain processes the world and your life experiences. You might think, “If I work harder, I’ll be more successful. Then if I’m more successful, then I will be happier.” The reality is that our view of the world will determine our outlook. Happiness, Achor points out, is an inside job.

Srikumar Rao, the author of Happiness at Work, says we must dispense with this flawed “if/then” model for happiness. “There is nothing you have to get, do, or be in order to be happy,” he writes.

Achor suggests doing different activities on a regular basis to draw upon positive psychology principles to bring happiness into the workplace.

For example, to create a lasting positive change, he recommends writing down three new things you are grateful for each day over a 21-day period. You might even start journaling these reflections. This will help change your personal outlook.

One way to bring happiness to others is to send out an e-mail of gratitude to someone each day before reading or responding to other e-mails in your inbox. This starts the day off positively for the recipient, as well as yourself, by sending out positive messages.

Dr. Donald Moynihan of the University of Wisconsin – Madison found that helping others at work actually makes us happier. Even if it is just for a few minutes, altruistic acts make us feel better about ourselves. In fact, his research identified that “being motivated to help and believing your work makes a difference is associated with greater happiness in our analysis.”

Helping others even makes us feel like we have more time, according to Dr. Cassie Mogilner from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Her findings revealed that when people helped others for just 10 to 30 minutes a day, they felt less time-constrained than those who had wasted their time.


You knew, of course, that being happy makes you a better learner. It seems happiness and learning are closely linked in our minds. Research by Dr. Manfred Spitzer, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Ulm, showed that people who have positive experiences activate the nucleus accumbiens area of the brain, which is also responsible for accelerating the learning process.

Dr. David Rock, co-founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute, identified similar findings. He notes: “There is a large and growing body of research that indicates that people experiencing positive emotions perceive more options when trying to solve problems, solve more non-linear problems that require insight, collaborate better and generally perform better overall.”

As learning & development professionals, we must generate greater happiness and positive emotions around our learning design and development. We need to ask our learners how we can help them gain a greater appreciation for the subject matter being taught or demonstrated.

You and I cannot pretend we can be happy at work all the time nor can we make others happy. This is neither realistic nor desirable. Unhappy experiences happen, and negative emotions are normal.

But we can learn to be happy more regularly and consistently on the job. Then we can positively influence those around us to be able to clap their hands when they personally know they are happy, too!


Original Article Author: Roy Saunderson. He is author of GIVING the Real Recognition Way and Chief Learning Officer of Rideau’s Recognition Management Institute, a consulting and training firm specializing in helping companies “get recognition right.” Its focus is on showing leaders how to give real recognition to create positive relationships, better workplaces, and real results.

Top 5 Inspirational Movies An Entrepreneur Must Watch

1. The Social Network (2010)
This movie is based on the rise of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. It remains on top for inspiration because of its deft storytelling about taking an idea from dreams to reality. The movie also teaches a lot on scaling a company from your dorm room to a Billion users!

2. Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
This is a well made movie covering Bill Gates’ Microsoft and Steve Jobs’ Apple. Both were perhaps ‘The Best Pirates!’ of The Silicon Valley, and this movie says the same. The movie takes on the rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates since their very early days.

3. Moneyball (2011)
This movie is about Oakland A and its general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt). The team is an underdog and also lacks a lot financially. The team has nothing but lowest salary available for players in Baseball. Apart from that, all of his star players are picked up by bigger teams. Now he needs to look at how to create a winning team without class that money can buy. This movie shows entrepreneurs to take an innovative approach to an existing way of doing business and beat your competition, with little to no money.

4. The Wall Street (1987)
This a movie on business and greed. The story is about an ambitious young stockbroker, Bud Fox. He has and does everything in his power to succeed, even that means a little insider trading. Insider trading is a reprehensible crime and yet that doesn’t fear him. He meets with Gordon Gecko and takes over his life with the ‘Greed is good’ motto in doing business.

5. Something Ventured (2011)
If you happen to be an entrepreneur looking forward to exploring the Venture Capitalists, avenue, this documentary is the right fit for you. Something Ventured is a documentary movie based on the perspective of the Venture Capitalists who were the first in the industry in Silicon Valley.


1. Ensure there is no blame for trying something new and messing up.

2. Make a point of warmly praising and celebrating when people own up to things that went wrong.

3. Hold a staff meeting where everybody declares a mistake they’ve made, to cheers from everybody else.

4. Be prepared to say “I got it wrong. That was my fault.”

5. Create environments where people can experiment, try new things and succeed, or – safely – fail.