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Joan Marques is the author of "Joy at Work, Work at Joy: Living and Working Mindfully Every Day" (Personhood Press, 2010), and co-editor of "The Workplace and Spirituality: New Perspectives in Research and Practice" (Skylight Paths, 2009), an anthology with contributions from 25 authors from all over the globe. She is also the author of 6 books among which "The Awakened Leader", "Interbeing, Thoughts on Achieving Personal and Professional Excellence, "Seasoned Adages for Modern Days Leaders", and "Spirituality in the Workplace: What it Means; Why it Matters; How to Make it Work for You." She facilitates courses in business and management at Woodbury University in Burbank, California, presents a weekly radio column in the Netherlands, a weekly newspaper col-umn in Suriname, South-America, and co-organizes and presents workshops for business and non-profit entities in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Marques holds a Bachelors degree in Business Economics; a Master's degree in Business Administration; and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 14, 2012 The next time as an animal
The human psyche is similarly damaged everywhere we go: we categorize our own breed into clusters, in order to exert control.In the past,when slavery and oppression were supported by laws it could all happen openly. Today those laws have been abolished, but the human psyche has not changed. The contemporary has just become a bigger hypocrite than ever before.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 6, 2011 The Gift of Understanding
Often, when we are at work, we feel offended by things others say or do. This is like a first arrow: it is often unexpected, and it hurts. But if we dwell too long on what happened, and choose to give rise to negative emotions such as anger and spite, we actually shoot off a second arrow to ourselves, and this time it will not hurt twice as much, but ten times or more!
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 22, 2011 A Conscious plea from a kindred spirit
This article is an appeal to you. It is a macro view on connection: our connection -- with all else on planet earth. Considering the reality of cause and effect in which we live, there is a lot we already know, yet seem to conveniently ignore. An example? Every 5 seconds, 1 child dies in this world, due to hunger and malnutrition...
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, April 1, 2011 A sober take on setbacks
None of us is perfect. Setbacks will therefore always occur, and often at the least convenient time. However, there are multiple perspectives possible to everything in life. Whatever we do, we should do with an optimistic and positive mind in general, and not with a focus that is too narrow.Setbacks are perspectives, so we can change them.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 26, 2011 The Widely Accepted Darkness of Human Cruelty
Keeping animals, reptiles and insects caged for our leisure. Eating reptiles and animals alive for our perverted pleasures. Is there really a difference? Are humans humane?
SHARE Sunday, February 6, 2011 How Wikileaks could Enhance Our Collective Awareness
Opinions about Wikileaks are still being formed. Many are not sure how to look at this phenomenon, and fear major problems when embarrassing secrets are revealed. However, Wikileaks could also bring tremendous human progress, such as less manipulation, increased collective intelligence, end of global segregation, enlarged mental horizons, and restoration of global balance.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Russia's Airport Bombing: Where From Here?
The news of a suicide bombing at the Russian airport Domodedovo, reportedly the busiest in the country, has jolted the nerves of millions all over the world, and has placed government authorities in many countries before yet another dilemma: how to proceed from here?
SHARE Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Five Mind Blowers - One Message
In the past weeks, some captivating issues have forced their way into our lives. Whether we will decide to leave them within our circle of concern, or graduate them to our smaller circle of influence probably depends on our personal philosophy. This article reviews: Wikileaks, the Arizona shooting, Ophiuchus, the predicted California storm flood, and the shift from left brain thinking to right brain thinking.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 16, 2011 Paving the Way to Happiness: Knowing your Purpose
Personal mastery is rewarding. It gains even more ground when what you do fulfills a gratifying purpose. Formulating your purpose is not always easy. It requires some self-exploration, and a critical review of your activities. When searching for your purpose be careful about engaging in other people's purpose; understand that not everyone has the same notion of purpose; and keep in mind that even your own purpose may change.
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 9, 2011 The Arizona Shooting: What it Could Mean to All of Us
Whether or not congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was actually the intended target of Jared Lee Loughner's shooting rampage on Saturday, January 8 2011, or whether the politician and her team just happened to be the unfortunate victims of Loughner's violent shooting outburst, there are some important facts we, as members of a cohort living here and now, should acknowledge in heated moments like these.
SHARE Wednesday, December 29, 2010 Resolutions for a new year? How about continuous "MAGIC" from the Moving Meditation Mindset instead?
Many people formulate New Year's Resolutions, but many know they will not realize them. There are tips to help us do better, such as refraining from giving up, setting intermediate goals, collaborating with others, etc. However, there is one way to ensure success: no new year's resolutions at all, but a simple, continuous, personal improvement cycle that enhances awareness, and helps us improve from moment-to-moment.
(16 comments) SHARE Friday, December 17, 2010 Wikileaks: Potential Key to the Big Three
Wikileaks could be seen as a natural fraction of the sensation that is the 21st century. Once Wikileaks is as commonly accepted as Wikipedia, we may finally start witnessing the big three: 1. More forthrightness from sources that are supposed to be trustworthy; 2. Greater access to information thus far amassed by a precious few; 3. Greater balance among human beings.
SHARE Sunday, May 9, 2010 Sleepwalk No Longer: It's Wake-Up Time!
The reasons for our economic setbacks in the first ten years of this century are multiple, but not indomitable. By reviewing and disabling the six most obvious problem areas, we can easily pave our way toward lasting excellence: personally and professionally.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 4, 2010 Nothing is Secure
Security is a slippery subject, whether we perceive it in the context of work or private life. We often base our attitudes and decisions on this unrealistic mental foundation. Yet, nothing is secure.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 1, 2010 Altruism or Enlightened Egoism?
Is there such a thing as altruism in contemporary society, or is there only enlightened egoism? This article presents some interesting thoughts in that regard.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, April 30, 2010 A New Paradigm for Leaders: The Macro-to-Micro Approach
This article reviews the new millennium paradigm, the macro-to-micro approach, in which leaders first consider the macro needs and then formulate ways to fulfill those needs. The article provides 5 considerations that leaders could use as a guide toward implementing the macro-to-micro approach.
SHARE Friday, April 30, 2010 Progress is What You Decide It Should Be
"Progress" is a very subjective term, just like "success" and "happiness". We often have a tendency to judge others' circumstances on basis of our definitions of these terms, and thereby draw wrong or even hurtful conclusions.
SHARE Thursday, April 29, 2010 A Rewarding Place
An urge to stop pushing yourself by constantly comparing your situation to others'. The power of liberation begins with defining your own destiny by developing your own vision, laying out a strategy toward reaching that vision, and doing so in your own shoes, at your own pace, through your own paths.