Fasting from Stress
How to live an integrated conscious life at work and home
Saturday July 13th
9:30am-4:30pm Sticks and Stones Retreat Center, Newtown, CT.
A Full Day Regenerative Retreat (REGISTER HERE)
Experiencing the ship falling apart at the seams? Juggling too much? Struggling with too much to manage and not enough time to stop and reflect on what is meaningful and important? Join Connected Leader in partnership with The Kindness Solutions and Love Has A Home, in a day of restoration and reconnection to what’s important. Mark Morey will present a regenerative system that addresses the serious issues of workplace burnout, family neglect and lack of personal development to handle life’s complexities. The core pillars of nature connection, cultural mentoring and leadership development form a powerful approach to leading life rather than being reactive to it.
This mindful approach leads to improved well being, caring about others and performance. Imagine a life where each day your conscious choices have left each engagement nourished and better than you found them. The Kindness Solution’s mission is to bring consciousness and compassion to our relationships with ourselves and one another at work, home or in community. Love Has A Home strives to create a world of compassion, kindness, peace, and a healthy, thriving planet. The need is greater than ever in a world that is increasingly divided. This day will not only be restorative, through engaging the 4 aspects of a whole person, but will outline a long term plan for building your capacity as a leader to create a powerful culture of connection and mindfulness in every sphere of your life.
I work with individuals and organizations to develop capacity, curiosity, and connection. These are the things that build a high performing team in a complex environment and changing world.
"Ok, I'm intrigued, now what?" is a good next question. Below are 3 specific ways to engage with me and start improving yourself, your connections, and your organization, but don't hesitate to simply call and talk with me about what you feel your need is. I'm sure we can find or create something that will fit you.
We are all trying to improve—to strive for better rather than "more." I've worked with individuals from C-suite executives to entrepreneurs to educators to seekers. Often when we consider what we need to grow, it's really helpful to have someone who is your ally, but who also can see you for all your complexity and purpose. That's the role I play: I ask and reframe, I listen and reflect back, I understand and guide forward.
All of us are working and living in a kind of stew we call culture. There is the big "C" Culture of peoples and nations, and the small "c" culture of our organizations. This culture both drives and reflects our values, so it can be vital to bring others along with us on our journey to better. I have worked with countless teams to examine, clarify, and invigorate their group dynamics in communication, mission, balance, and compassion.
An organization is a kind of organism that is trying to concurrently know itself and improve itself. Employees are nested with the whole. They drive innovation through motivation, by knowing the "why" of what they are doing. Engaged employees create engaged customers and I've been excited to develop programs and trainings to bring a whole-person approach to a whole-organization transformation.
Benefits of Mindfulness & Emotional Intelligence
In addition to the results we see directly from our programs,
the benefits of mindfulness and emotional intelligence
have been researched for many years.
Mindfulness leads to greater well-being.
The connection between mindfulness and well-being has been a consistent finding in almost 10 years of research. One study found that two weeks of mindfulness training increased well-being, decreased emotional exhaustion at work, and even increased job satisfaction (Hulsheger et al., 2012).
Mindfulness has been found to increase brain cortex thickness and activation in regions associated with emotional awareness and emotion management (Tang et al., 2015)
Emotional intelligence correlates with better teamwork and leadership.
Training in the emotional intelligence skill of compassion has been shown to reduce interpersonal stress and improve relationships (Singer 2016; Kok et al. 2013).
Greater Emotional intelligence has been correlated with higher manager and leader performance (Kerr, Garvin, Heaton, & Boyle, 2006; Rosete & Ciarrochi, 2005).
Mindfulness can lead to more creative and innovative thinking.
In a survey conducted by the Institute of Mindful Leadership, 93% of leaders reported that mindfulness training helped them create space for innovation, and nearly 70% said it helped them to think strategically (Institute for Mindful Leadership Survey).
Mindfulness can create better organizations.
Recent research reveals that these benefits add up
to make an impact on organizational culture and effectiveness.
Most compelling of these comes from insurance giant Aetna,
which developed an internal mindfulness training programs
with much support from their CEO Mark Bertolini.
Interested in bringing these results to your organization?
Here's a central truth: we are all built for connections—to culture, community, each other, and ourselves. I've been examining the inner-workings of these connections through the lens of the natural world for my entire life. You may not see how nature affects your daily work, but it does, whether or not you believe it.
Much of what eludes all of us can be found by placing ourselves in the quiet of nature with a guide who can show us a new way to see. This is what I've done for countless individuals as well as companies from large to small, traditional to progressive, software to human services—any organization that needs to find, hold, and amplify an uncommon level of excellence in all they do.
For the last 30 years I've been a national leader in the movement to reconnect humanity to the natural world. I've done this though several organizations that I've founded as well as international events in the Art of Mentoring.
I've now organized high-performance teams in a dozen US locations as well as Canada, England, Germany, Scotland, Austria and France. This work has taken me inside Google, Harvard, Telluride Venture Accelerator, Boston Startups, and the tech world.
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