“According to the Oxford English Dictionary,
values are ‘principles or standards of behaviour;
one’s judgment of what is important in life.’
In our work, I simplify the definition:
A value is a way of being
or believing that we hold most important.
Living into our values means
that we do more than profess our values,
we practice them.
We walk our talk—
we are clear about what we believe
and hold important,
and we take care
that our intentions,
words, thoughts, and behaviors
align with those beliefs.”
Meditation helps us discover our values.
Meditation goes deep into our bones,
Meditation reverses aging
mind, body and soul.
Meditation doesn’t show us what how we succeed
by taking each breath.
Rather, it breathes success
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DETERMINING OUR VALUES
“The first step of living into our values
is divining what’s most important to us.
What values do we hold most sacred?
We can’t work to stay aligned with values
when we haven’t spent any time getting curious about,
or naming, what we care about most.
We don’t shift our values based on context.
We are called to live in a way
that is aligned with what we hold most important
regardless of the setting or situation.
This, of course, is the challenge
of living into our values . . . .
Our values should be so crystallized in our minds . . .
that they don’t feel like a choice—
they are simply a definition of who we are in our lives.
In those hard moments, we know
that we are going to pick what’s right,
right now, over what is easy.
Because that is integrity—
choosing courage over comfort;
it’s choosing what’s right over what’s fun,
fast, or easy; and it’s practicing your values,
not just professing them.”
Brené Brown, from Dare to Lead: Brave Work.
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