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Monthly BIG Ideas Exchange: Altered Traits

Friday, Jan 11 2019 8:30AM to 11:00AM

Steve Kaplan
Alfred Williams 505 S Cedar St Charlotte, NC 28202 (right behind Panthers Stadium)

Monthly BIG Ideas Exchange: Altered Traits

Friday, January 11, 2019

Location: Alfred Williams
505 S Cedar St
Charlotte, NC 28202

(right behind Panthers Stadium)


Parking: Free Parking in front or behind the Alfred Williams building

8:30 am to 9:00 am Continental breakfast and networking
9:00 am to 11:00 am Book Discussion

Free to Members and Guests of BIG: RSVP to terry@bigcouncil.com or register below.

Book: "Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body" by Daniel Goleman,  Ph.D and Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D



"This is a book that really can change your life. Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson not only show the power of meditation, but also the smartest way to practice for the maximum possible benefit. Altered Traits is your roadmap to a more mindful, compassionate, fulfilling life — who doesn’t want that?"—Arianna Huffington, author of the New York Times best seller The Sleep Revolution

Unveiling the kind of cutting-edge research that has made them highly respected in their fields, Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson reveal the scientific truth about what meditation can really do for us, as well as exactly how to get the most out of it.

Tracing in great detail the history of how meditation teachers and their practices migrated from east to west from the late 60’s, the authors clearly demonstrate that beyond the pleasant states mental exercises can produce, among the real payoffs are the lasting ‘mental stamina’ that comes in the ability to focus and concentrate more easily - and for longer and longer periods of time - as well as a marked positive change in personality traits that can result.

Topics to be discussed:

• From East to West :A Brief History of Meditation and its Migration
• Mindfulness vs. Meditation: What’s the Difference?
• From Cave Yogi to Headspace – the deep or wide path: The 5 Levels of Practice
• Machines Don’t Lie: The New Science About Meditation
• What Sort of Person Do You Want to Become: The 4 Main Traits that Meditation Impacts
• I Can’t Sit Still; My Mind Goes Crazy; It’s Not for Me: Beginner’s Issues and Their Remedies
• LEARN TO MEDITATE: Introductory Meditation Session

This thought provoking discussion will be facilitated by Steve Kaplan. A Harvard graduate, Steve worked for IBM before co-founding his firm. As an experienced executive coach and consultant, Steve has served as a trusted advisor to many of the world’s largest professional services firms and corporations.

Steve has been meditating and studying Tibetan Buddhism for the past 12 years. For the last five he has had his own meditation teacher. His practice has also been augmented by annual week-long group retreats. In 2018 he also spent over 20 days in solo retreat.

Steve credits his meditation experience as having been personally “transformational” – little by little. Steve now is setting about to help others experience the same benefits from meditation that he has.

The Program…promises to be a lively and interactive discussion for anyone who may already be meditating and/or who wants to find out more about the benefits meditation offers.

As a reminder, you don't have to read the book to attend! Most do not, and we always have a very engaging discussion!

During this roundtable we'll:
· share our own experiences in this area in our businesses
· share best practices from our own personal experience or from industry thought leaders
· share ideas on how to improve the area within our businesses to fuel growth

Note: We are looking for people to facilitate a book discussion for 2019, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if there is a book that you’re passionate about and would like to share with the group. The meetings take place the second Friday of every month. Thanks!