Wonder, luminosity, ritual

Leadership Has a Sense of Wonder

by Greg Richardson
Strategic Monk

Where will your sense of wonder lead you? How will your leadership be filled with wonder? These are the questions Richardson poses in this blog post as he suggests that the common thread between leaders who inspire him is that they all have dared to wonder. He reminds us that leadership requires, first and foremost, faith in ourselves and in others because, in his words, “[t]he first step toward wonder is not holding so tightly onto what we already know.”

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George Saunders’s Advice to Graduates
by Joel Lovell
The New York Times Magazine

How do you practice kindness? How might we, as individuals and as a community, become more loving, open, and present? In sharing that his deepest regrets in life are “failures of kindness,” Saunders reminds us that life is about connection and love. His recently published remarks for the Syracuse class of 2013 are applicable to all of us, regardless of where we are in the trajectory of our lives. He shares: “That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality – your soul, if you will – is as bright and shining as any that has ever been…Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly.”

An opportunity to reflect on the idea of compassion
by Imtiyaz Yusuf
The Nation

Do you observe any rituals? Do they foster a deeper sense of connection to yourself and the sacred? With Ramadan and Khao Phansa having overlapped on the calendar this year, this article provides a reflection on the ways we can orient ourselves to the religious traditions of others by more deeply embracing the root of compassion that appears to connect many, if not all, of them.  As many people around the world observe the beautiful rituals of their tradition, let us pay attention to the experience of the sacred being sought, recognizing that, as Yusuf suggests, “[r]ituals connect the individual with the sacred; they renew life, enabling us to be fully human.”

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