Category Archives for Mindfulness

Life Planning, Mindfulness, and a Golden Civilization with George Kinder

Author, speaker, meditation teacher, and father of the Financial Life Planning movement in financial advice, George Kinder, will describe how Life Planning delivers an exhilarating and meaningful experience for the client. Kinder will briefly discuss Life Planning’s five-phase EVOKE® methodology, based in mindfulness, that utilizes deep listening and communication skills to uncover clients’ dreams of freedom and then delivers them.

He will share the evolution of his Life Planning work, as described in his latest book, A Golden Civilization & the Map of Mindfulness, and how it is now being used by groups globally to rethink civilization through an interactive visioning strategy that goes beyond the self or even the larger community but considers the entirety of civilization and empowers leaders to develop the world they want to live in right now.

In this program, whether you’re a client or a life planner, you’ll discover:

  • The inner listening/mindfulness skills required for mastery of important conversations and the significance of great listening for successful client engagement.
  • The efficacy of the Life Planning model when working with groups to vision and deliver outcomes.

All the details of our upcoming call are below:

Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 am Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 AM Central, and 6 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: Life Planning, Mindfulness, and a Golden Civilization

George Kinder, Kinder Institute of Life Planning. Internationally recognized as the father of the Financial Life Planning movement

About George Kinder

Internationally recognized as the father of the Financial Life Planning movement, the Harvard-educated George Kinder revolutionized financial advice for over 30 years by training over 3,000 professionals in 30 countries in the field of Financial Life Planning. He founded the Kinder Institute of Life Planning in 2003 after 30 years as a practicing financial planner and tax advisor.

His three books on money are considered by many to be the seminal works in the burgeoning field of Financial Life Planning. He has written a book on mindfulness, Transforming Suffering into Wisdom, and his latest book, A Golden Civilization & the Map of Mindfulness, challenges the basic concepts of economics, our understanding of democracy, of space-time, and our own hearts. His objective is to bring greater levels of Freedom everywhere.

Watch the replay here.

The Art and Science of Mindfulness with Dr. Ellen Langer

Living during COVID -19 is turning our familiar life and world on its head. It’s a scary and challenging time. It’s also a time that is reinforcing ageism rather than promoting intergenerational connectedness. Some of the “silver linings,” however, of this time are some resurgence of kindness and help provided to each other, like becoming more mindful about ourselves and others.

During this month’s call, we’ll be talking with Dr. Ellen Langer, who has devoted much of her adult life to issues such as mindlessness and mindfulness, decision-making, and possibilities as we age. As she has stated in a variety of her work, we’re a product of what we were told we were. When we’re uncertain, we stay mindful and open to alternatives. When we’re mindless, we’re not aware that we’re not there. So, part of the question becomes, what are ways to open ourselves to possibilities and shift from being trapped in mindlessness and open ourselves to new ways of thinking and perceiving ourselves and the world?

In this program, you’ll discover how to:

  • Become more mindful
  • Become comfortable with uncertainty (which is the rule rather than the exception)
  • See many of your problems as a function of mindlessness
  • Exert more control over your health and well-being using mindfulness

You will walk away with a renewed sense of competence, relaxation, and an ability to see possibilities you haven’t seen before.

All the details of our upcoming call are below:

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 am Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 am Central, and 6 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: The Art and Science of Mindfulness

Speaker: Dr. Ellen Langer, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University and a prolific writer, speaker, and artist

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About Dr. Ellen Langer

Dr. Ellen Langer, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and the first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. She is the author of eleven books and more than two hundred research articles written for general and academic readers on mindfulness for over 35 years. Her best selling books include Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful LearningOn Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Her most recent book is The Art of Noticing which pairs one-liners culled from her research with her original paintings. She has also edited the Wiley Mindfulness Handbook, an anthology on mindfulness in which leading researchers integrate work derived from her western scientific theoretical base of mindfulness with research on eastern derived forms of meditation.

Dr. Langer has been described as the “mother of mindfulness” and has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, decision-making, and health. Among other honors, she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and three Distinguished Scientist Awards, the World Congress Award, the NYU Alumni Achievement Award, and the Staats award for Unifying Psychology. Most recently she received the Liberty Science Genius Award.

The citation for the APA distinguished contributions award reads, in part, “…her pioneering work revealed the profound effects of increasing mindful behavior…and offers new hope to millions whose problems were previously seen as unalterable and inevitable. Ellen Langer has demonstrated repeatedly how our limits are of our own making.”

Dr. Langer is a frequent speaker on mindfulness at academic, professional, and public events. She is also the founder of The Langer Mindfulness Institute and is a gallery exhibiting artist.

She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Listen to the replay here.