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Teaching life balance and collaborative leadership through mindfulness

Dr. Nicole Oliver Snyder’s expertise lies in the areas of holistic leadership and gender issues. In addition to teaching mindfulness through this website and podcast, is a writer, speaker, retreat developer, and leads as co-founder and senior minister of just church.

Dr. Snyder’s research established that the stereotypic masculine-style leadership is ineffective and damaging. Those who engage in mindfulness spiritual exercises (group and solo) will align more closely with gender-neutral sex-role attributes; and is supported by evidence from the fields of anthropology, neuroscience, behavioral science, and theology.

Dr. Snyder is author of Leading Together: Mindfulness and the Gender Neutral Zone, and specializes in teaching mindfulness leadership development, formative spirituality, counseling, and theology of social justice.

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Leading Together: Mindfulness and the Gender Neutral Zone

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Soong-Chan Rah

"Nicole Snyder provides insight into a form of spiritual formation and leadership development that moves us beyond gender stereotypes. Emerging generations will resonate with the call for balanced leadership and balanced lives that move us beyond the drive and ambition of a previous generation’s leadership dynamic."

Soong-Chan Rah
Author of Prophetic Lament and Return to Justice

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Mindfulness Podcast

Fathers, Sheer Silence, and Being King Of the Mountain

The in-betweening is most difficult space to occupy – that place of not-rich-not-poor that is lived in fear – in fear of fear even. Because in the in-between the hunger is not for want of food, but for that which is just-above, just a whisper of breath beyond the fingertips that one cannot quite hook a finger on. And no matter how comfortably set, the just-above is eternally just there: above. Enter the space of sheer silence and know the presence of God who is deafeningly within reach.

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Making Boundless Space and Taking Back our Minds

It disturbs me to consider how much my reaction and responses to activity on my phone is targeted and designed with incredible precision to keep me looking, scrolling, clicking . . . . In this episode I discuss how we might begin to break the addiction cycle with our technology.

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The Mother Gene? (not to be confused with mom jeans)

Mothers provide the growing space, nutrition – inside and out – and contribute to the functioning of growing human beings from the very smallest portion of our DNA to their graduation and beyond. None of this can occur without that person who carries the Y chromosome. And not everyone who possess to Xs can or do make new human beings, or are inclined or well suited to do so. In this episode, consider the experiences you have/had at the hand of your mother.

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This Is We

In all of our deformities, all our inadequacies, there is beauty in the imperfections. That beauty is seen most clearly when others reflect it back onto us. Who I am is who we are. This is me. This is we.

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I Am Clark

understanding who I am in this moment through a mindfulness exercise of poetry.

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Freedom’s Protest

Freedom is a nebulous concept, vague and imprecise, yet for all its deftness to evade definition, we (and North American’s in particular) assert our right to wholesale freedoms. Freedom protests.

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The Black Panther’s True Power

“True power exists when you can’t tell where it comes from,” Chadwick Boseman, actor, the Black Panther. In sociological terms, this kind of power is referred to as “soft” power. It does not seek to dominate or crush; nor does it require obeisance or affirmations of its power. It is messy and seemingly out-of-control at times. But it more real, more true, a tangible influence on the community it leads.

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Photography: Mindful Memory Making

Mindfulness use of your phone’s camera in a more intentional way. Make memories and refocus your perspective as Lenten practice by being present, noticing, processing your surroundings and experience – making a memory that will remain with you longer than my stay.

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Brain-Mind and Holy Indifference

continuing the 10-day mindfulness challenge for your Lenten Season intention

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Meditation in Traffic

continuing the 10-day mindfulness challenge for your Lenten season intention

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Body Scan

continuing the 10-day mindfulness challenge for your Lenten season intention

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Taste

continuing the 10-day mindfulness challenge to begin your Lenten season intention

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Smell and Memory

continuing the 10-day mindfulness challenge to begin your Lenten intention

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Touch

continuing the 10-day challenge to start your Lenten season intention

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Look

continuing the 10-day mindfulness challenge to start your Lenten season intention.

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Hear

continuing the 10-day mindfulness challenge to begin you Lenten season intention.

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Breathe Again

The 2nd day of the 10-day mindfulness challenge for a Lenten season practice.

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Breathe

The first of a 10-day mindfulness challenge to begin a Lenten season practice.

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Ash Wednesday: Mindful in Returning

A challenge to 10 days of mindfulness practice during the Lenten Season.

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Imperfect Perfection: focus on the current excellent thing

Finding the beautiful wisdom in first learning and then to teach.

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Groundhog Day and Doing Teshuvah

By straying from my true self – over-estimating or under-estimating who I am – I have sinned against the one whose image I bear. Repentance, Teshuvah, is returning to that space at the very center of my being where Jesus resides, where I am most truly – and being that.

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The Agony and Awe of Parenting

Welcome the meannesses visited on your child by seeing the brilliance into his heart and recognize our responsibility to awe.

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Mindfulness and Depression

Mindfulness practice is one of those methods that are indicated to help alleviate depression. But one feature about being in the habit of practicing mindfulness is that it helps to prevent one from delving as far into the depths in the first place. It also offers tools that are practical and easier to access.

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An End-Of-Year Examen

Practicing mindful attention of examen for this year – see it for what it has been, notice your reaction to the events, hold loosely these things in God’s presence, and bring our intentions for the new year into awareness of God’s presence and intention toward you, toward me.

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Consent to Love

We all possess the capability (as created in God’s very image) to conceive and grow creative life, to give birth to a nurturing love toward other human beings. We are equipped with the capacity to consent, as Mary did, to the presence of God’s Spirit, the creative life and love within.

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A Collision of Peace

As long as some are not at peace, I cannot really know true peace. The prayer, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,” assumes that peace will exist in me – that the source for that peace I’m meant to be instrumental in sharing – must dwell within me.

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Joy: Cultivating Delight During Advent

What brings you joy? It isn’t as if we can expect joy to just appear. It is true that some circumstances we find ourselves in might occasionally bring unexpected joy. But it isn’t usual. The practice of loving kindness is a beautiful reminder that every person around me has the same desires and needs that I do. And praying for their well-being shifts my perspective. And maybe I can appreciate them. Perhaps, even delight in them.

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Hope in the Midst of Advent

When you hold in your hand the things that distress you, the fist clenches and everything seeps through, between the fingers – coming apart. Practice hope this week, the holy indifference – hold loosely the things that seem to be falling apart or breaking you apart so the More Than can have space, have room, to hold it all together.

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Thanksgiving Forest Bathing

Spending time among trees is healing, and we can find wisdom and refreshment from them, particularly as Thanksgiving is upon us in the US this week.

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Awe And Wonder

We see the signs, but not their meanings. We are not blinded, but we have blinders. What I notice shapes my mind. And I choose what I will or will not notice. And in doing so, this affirms my prejudices, and confirms my expectations. Awe and wonder erase expectations. The ability to be surprised is exactly that: an ability – one that must be fostered, nurtured, practiced.

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Recent Articles

Grief and Sharing Loss

“Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be,” Joan Didion reflects in startling honesty. In Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, the author processes the grief of losing his 18-year-old son in gradients of deep veracity. He reflects that sometimes sadness is “a cloud that comes along and covers me up.” It is… Read This Article

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Lysander, 18.

Lysander turns 18 today. He is a unique individual. Sure, we all consider each of our children remarkable – it is the privilege of parenthood. Still, from the earliest years, we’ve observed this person grow and develop an exceptional character, unconcerned about how others perceive him. Indeed, when anyone assigns “weird” to anyone or anything,… Read This Article

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Clark, 13

Clark Howard JeeSung Snyder turns 13 today. My baby, the youngest of four, is now “officially” a teenager. Just in the past couple of months his gaze all too quickly approaching the level of mine slipped right by and can now, ever so slightly, cast down on me. I stand tall in this newly appointed… Read This Article

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Genius Sight

It is easy to showcase an idea or product for which you have a talent. Not so easy is the vulnerable act of exhibiting work that others may not yet understand. It is scary. It is often lonely. Still, each images God uniquely. And, the world doesn’t need another performer. The community doesn’t need one… Read This Article

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Creativity Transcends Gender – It Is Divine

The only quality that can be ascribed to creativity is that it is inspired. Creativity transcends gender. Inspire – divine insight; to breathe life into the creative activity that is ignited within. Our creations orchestrate an exhibition of God’s being. Jesus, through whom all things were made (Jn1:3) is our true Mother, as Julian of… Read This Article

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Inner Tranquility

“Peace that demands unreal conditions is a deception. There is no life without work, anxieties, or tensions. Peace is not found in avoiding these but in understanding them and confidently controlling their force.” [Sister Wendy Beckett] From this inner tranquility peace enters relationship through practical involvement in the distress of another. It understands – knows… Read This Article

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