Mindfulness. A powerful skill to refresh mind and spirit. It is a non-negotiable exercise/practice for achievement and success. Every skill development program should include the learning or enhancing of a mindfulness practice.
Missionbe.org stipulates: Mindfulness can be described as the practice of paying attention in the present moment and doing it intentionally and with non-judgment. Mindfulness meditation practices refer to the deliberate acts of regulating attention through the observation of thoughts, emotions, and body states. Typical mindfulness activities include:
A. Mindful non-judgmental awareness of breath, body, feelings, emotions and/or thoughts (in sitting meditation practice or throughout the day).
B. Mindful walking meditation.
C. Mindful eating.
D. Mindful body scan in a sitting or lying down position.
E. Listening with non-judgment.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. … When we practice it, our thoughts tune into what we are sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Mindfulness… oasis in the desert
Practicing mindfulness starts with becoming aware of our thoughts and making sure these thoughts are productive and positive. “The practice of mindfulness can help us sort out the chaos in our minds. It is important for us in making decisions as it makes us think beyond our comfort zones.
We know that mindful thinking is good for your mental health. But research has proven it also improves physical health in some ways. The power of it is an absolute habit for success, not only in our professional lives but also in our personal lives. With positivity and clarity in what we want to achieve, it helps us grow into better individuals.” Nisha Baghadia
The Corporate Citizenship Center concluded: Five reasons behind why mindfulness is the ultimate success habit.
1. Productivity: Mindfulness practice helps us filter through the chaos of the mind so that we can have better clarity on what’s actually important. By improving clarity on what’s truly important, it’s possible to do less, using less time, and actually be more productive.
2. Greater influence: There is no better way to build influence with other people than to understand their needs and help them meet those needs. Mindfulness training changes our brains in ways that help us do that. One of the earliest studies on the training showed that its practitioners had measurably thicker insula than do non-practitioners. The insula is a part of the brain associated with empathy
Meditate with loved ones…
3. Better decision-making: Although we might not like to admit it, we all have biases wired into our brains. These biases often cause us to make decisions that are less than optimal. Mindfulness training helps us develop the refined levels of self-awareness that are necessary to see our biases objectively, before they influence our decisions. Equally important, it helps us develop the mental agility required to be able to make decisions that are outside of our comfort zone.
4. Improved health: There is now decades of research showing how mindfulness improves physical health in a wide variety of ways. Based on this research, one could make a good argument that practicing it might be the healthiest thing we can do.
5. Happiness: The most robust methods of mindfulness training were originally constructed with only this purpose in mind: to realize unconditional happiness. Unconditional happiness is something that you can train to develop by making the effort to be mindful during as many of your daily activities as possible.
Mindfulness for peace of mind and soul
Here are seven ways mindfulness is the key to your success at work and life by Tyler C Beaty.
1. It improves your focus.
While we’re trying to finish one task, we’re thinking of nine other tasks that still need doing. Mindfulness helps us to be aware of when were distracted by everything else we need to accomplish, and we’re able to come back to and focus on the present.
2. Mindfulness enables effective communication.
Our minds are often so busy that when we’re talking with others, our thoughts are elsewhere. When this happens, we are neither listening or speaking mindfully. Practicing it helps you clear your head of the other thoughts and be fully engaged in the conversation.
3. It helps you regulate your emotions.
Many studies have shown that mindfulness is effective in helping you control your emotions. Through practicing mindfulness, become more aware of the changes in your emotions, and the triggers that affect your emotions. Then, using the breathing and visualization techniques you learn during mindfulness practice, you’re able to acknowledge and process your emotions. I used to struggle with emotional outbursts, but over the past year, I’ve learned to control them.
4. Mindfulness increases your energy levels.
Reducing your worrying thoughts will leave you feeling more energized, as anxiety, stress, and worries sap your energy. Many have found it an effective treatment for even more severe cases anxiety, stress, and depression.
5. It makes you a better listener.
When we’re listening to others, we tend to focus on the next thing to say, or we’re distracted by other thoughts. When that happens, we aren’t paying full attention and we’re not truly listening. As you learn to stay in the present and increase your awareness, it becomes much easier to stay focused and actively listen.
Mindfulness: mental charging
6. Mindfulness improves your decision making.
Making bad decisions can have long-lasting effects on your life. But with better focus, heightened awareness, and being in control of your emotions, the quality of your decision making improves significantly.
7. It helps prioritize what’s important.
Consciously or sub-consciously, we’re prioritizing and acting on what we think we should be doing. Mindfulness helps you become more intentional about what’s important to you and helps you to prioritize and align your goals and daily tasks. In turn, you will make time for and accomplish those goals in spite of all of the “urgent” stuff that gets thrown at you throughout your day.
An excerpt from the Harvard Business Review:
“The benefits of mindfulness meditation for business leaders are increasingly appreciated and confirmed by empirical research. Executives and high performing professionals increasingly use meditation to manage stress, maintain strategic focus, enhance cognitive performance, promote emotional intelligence, and improve interpersonal relationships.”
“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Mindfulness is a way of life for greater success.” Vartika Kashyap
“The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.” Thích Nhất Hạnh
“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” Sharon Salzberg
“Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.” Amit Ray
“Mindful eating is a way to become reacquainted with the guidance of our internal nutritionist.” Jan Chozen Bays
“Wherever you are, be there totally.” Eckhart Tolle
“But remember, there’s no greater gift than the present.” Dan Santat
“Living 24 hours with mindfulness is more worthwhile than living 100 years without it.” The Buddha
“Now is the future that you promised yourself last year, last month, last week. Now is the only moment you’ll ever really have. Mindfulness is about waking up to this.” Mark Williams