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July 3

Why Mindfulness?

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If you are feeling depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are feeling anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are feeling peace, you are living in the present.
-Lao Tzu-

What is it that’s invisibly controlling your thoughts and pushing you into action at work and in your personal relationships?

Psychologists might suggest influences like your childhood experience, your associations, societal pressures, like peer pressure or work pressure or cultural pressure. 

And yes, that’s true, but that also makes you a victim of forces outside yourself.

I want to offer an additional influence, mindfulness.  

Mindfulness is defined as, paying attention on purpose, without judgment… to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.

Eckhart Tolle puts it this way, “The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is.”

Now that may sound like hocus-pocus, woo-woo, but let’s take closer look.

Mindfulness training is now making its way into major companies like Google and Aetna Insurance where employees learn yoga, meditation, and even the benefit of 2-3-minutes of silence... to get into a mindful state.

Mindfulness

As humans, we were designed to alternately exercise and relax the mind… Mindfulness helps us relax and reduces stress.  

The effect can dramatically impact productivity, creativity, focus, mood, energy, performance, feeling of happiness, and even decision making.  

And on top of that, the American Academy of Family Physicians said that 2/3 of office visits are stress related, including heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

Yes, mindfulness, formerly thought of as a New Age spiritual practice,

… is also a way to enhance your physical, mental and emotional health.

  • Mindfulness is an antidote to burnout at work and in your personal relationships as well! 
  • Getting still can awaken you to your own inner wisdom (that’s always on your side, always filled with imagination and vitality, and a better way of seeing things.)
  • Life becomes a creative journey fueled by the imagination. You can literally take back control as you tap into the endless stream of wisdom and ideas within.

 


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