“The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.” —Thích Nhất Hạnh
Seems like everyone is talking about Mindfulness these days.
But, what is mindfulness, exactly? And how does it support us in our work?
Wikipedia’s definition of mindfulness is “The psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training.”
I think of mindfulness as paying attention in the present moment to both inner and outer worlds without being too focused on my thoughts. I’m engaged with whatever is happening in the moment with positive attention, rather than focusing on my inner dialogue.
Just this week, I was reading an article in the latest issue of National Geographic on the science of addiction. The article stated that when examining research on the ways that were most effective in preventing relapse, mindfulness training was more effective than a 12-step program.The simple practice of being mindful—without judgment and without reacting—apparently supports people to deal with their urges during recovery (whether it’s drugs, food, gambling, smoking, or whatever).
I don’t know about you, but I find that fascinating.
And of course, even with situations that rank far below addiction on the intensity scale, I know from my experience that practicing mindfulness benefits just about everything. In fact, it’s a one of the most powerful business tools, bar none.
So with this in mind, today’s post is about some of the ways that practicing mindfulness benefits your business.