As a society, we are calling out for mindfulness now more than any time in our history.
Burdened by work priorities and administration deadlines, and a pile of paperwork to fill out…when was an article on mindfulness ever going to be written?
Well, it certainly wouldn’t write itself! Hence, delay after delay, some unavoidable, and some due to lackadaisical time management. A lack of mindfulness will keep annoyingly nagging at one’s inner peace, until there’s some movement or resolution.
I thought it apt that I may experience a lack of mindfulness, and exactly the issue that I am writing about appeared which is a lack of focus caused by not being present leading to goals not being met or achieved much less slowly or successfully than they might via deliberate and focused actions.
What this means is that I totally get it! I get the stress and chaos of the world we live in, and how difficult it is to focus on anything other than our highest priorities (work, health, family, etc). I get that it is a big challenge to find and reach our highest potential in our lives.
Why Do We Need Mindfulness?
There are MILLIONS (actually trillions) or maybe an INFINITE number of things around us to keep us really DISTRACTED!
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a practice (that can be learnt) that shifts attention into the present moment, whilst retraining a non-judgemental attitude.
Thích Nhat Hanh, the Zen Buddhist Master and Nobel Peace Prize nominee defines mindfulness as: “the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment”.
Is Mindfulness Relevant?
Where are your thoughts?
Let go of labels. Let go of attachments. Let go of judgments. Let go of stories.
Come into a whole awareness of the present moment.
How do you feel when your thoughts drift and you get side-tracked?
Close your eyes and imagine the best version of yourself that’s who you really are behind the clutter. Let go of everything else….
Mindfulness is a discipline, a practice that can be learnt and acquired through deliberate exercises and repetition.
“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things…you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more.” Steve Jobs
Is Mindfulness A Helpful Skill For You To Learn?
Answer 3 questions:
- What are you doing at the moment?
- What are you thinking about?
- What are you feeling right now?
Check your answers. Were your answers to the first 2 questions the same?
If not — your mind may have been elsewhere. Perhaps you were engaged with some idle chatter far removed from what you’re doing? Or perhaps your mind was far away, wandering.
Most people spend approximately half of their time not-present with the task they’re busy with. That means that the mind is wandering half the time.
What Are The Benefits To Mindfulness?
- Better stress management.
- Improved* health and thus less absenteeism.
- Increased productivity.
- Improves* leadership capacity.
- Encourages more creative solution-based thinking.
Why Do Companies Need Mindfulness?
Nowadays companies are burdened by excessive demands places on their employees and workplaces via technology.
The pace of change has quickened in a trigger-happy world run by social media. Sudden events can shift public perception, and the business environment tends to change rapidly. Stress levels are much higher than they were 20 years’ ago due to increased demands .
Many factors add to irritation and lowered tolerance from conflicts between colleagues, expanding global competition, poor communication amongst colleagues, sudden loss of profitability, unrealistic goals and advancing deadlines.
Mindfulness has emerged as a successful and proven strategy to improve* workplace performance, gear up interpersonal relationships (as well as a slew of other benefits) – hence improving* bottomline. Companies like Google, JP Morgan and Target have all introduced mindfulness practices into their workplace. It’s no accident that the popularity of mindfulness has soared and has become a 21st century buzz-word!
Workplace Advantages To Mindfulness Include:
- Healthier and happier people (increased resilience and improved* motivation levels).
- Better listening amongst colleagues and hence more effective teamwork.
- Improved* concentration.
- Greater capacity for creative and imaginative thinking producing greater efficiency.
Is Mindfulness Coaching Useful For You?
A mindfulness coach is schooled in developing the key principles of mindfulness (non-judgment; open-ness; curiosity, and compassion).
Mindfulness coaching is founded on developing and enhancing* the skill of mindfulness. If you believe you will benefit from proven techniques that drive efficacy and produce enhanced* value, then mindfulness coaching may be for you.
Mindfulness applied to the coaching relationship enhances* each coaching session and produces greater results in the long term.
How Can Mindfulness Coaching Improve* A Person’s Life?
Some of the proven benefits of mindfulness coaching:
- Optimize performance.
- Find and realize deepest goals and intentions.
- Be more fulfilled and satisfied in life.
- Deepen self-awareness including any blocks, especially unhealthy or unhelpful patterns, habits and beliefs preventing a person from reaching their goals.
- Develop a healthier self-image.
- Improve* communication ability, relationship-building and outcomes.
- Enhances* sporting and training capacity and performance.
- Discover what’s important (highest values) and live in harmony with these values.
By developing skills in mindfulness, a person enhances* every aspect of their life from relationship interactions to work interactions, adding value and depth to each and every interaction.
A coach, leading by example, may demonstrate a way to communicate with attention, presence and curiosity. This way the coaching relationship may flourish.
Awareness is an important key to every aspect of life from our awareness of ourselves to our outward functioning in the world.
Mindfulness as a practice provides the foundation for greater awareness of each and every component of the self. As a way of life, mindfulness is a tool of empowerment that offers the opportunity to develop and upgrade the quality of each and every interaction.
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