3 Steps to Becoming More Mindful
“Mindfulness. If you’re still thinking this is merely a touchy-feely trend practiced by yogis, creatives and the business elite – you’re way behind. Thousands of people in organizations around the world are now benefiting from the improved performance, communication, relationships and self-mastery being mindful brings. More than 40 universities now offer ‘mindfulness in medicine’ training. ‘Mindful schools’ have touched over 300,000 students in 43 countries. Law schools are in on it. Even the US Special Forces has a ‘mind-fitness’ training program.”
Mindfulness is one of my favorite topics and one of the essential tools for your Parenting Toolbox. In fact, I consider it one of the Four Pillars of Post Parenting. Although it may be perceived as new age mumbo-jumbo and is often presented as a meditation technique or practice, it has a life of its own as a basic self-awareness tool for getting to know oneself – as was written on the temple wall at Delphi in Greece 2,000 years ago – “Know Thyself”. It is as old as Jesus (actually older) and as modern and practical as an iPhone 6 – even more practical when it comes to parenting. If we are not mindful, we end up mind-less and parenting (living) on autopilot and reinforcing the old reactionary paradigms and traditions that have been passed down from generations. Mindfulness is an idea whose time has come.
We are always pleased to find articles and information that puts mindfulness in a league of it’s own and shows how valuable a tool it can be no matter what fields of interest, professions, traditions, religious beliefs or considerations and opinions about personal development or self-improvement may be. Without it we are the blind leading the blind.
Mindfulness has been popularly defined by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) which says that is it paying attention, in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and nonjudgementally. Another definition is “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. However you say it, mindfulness is a lifetime engagement – not to get somewhere else, but to be where and as we actually are in this very moment, whether the experience is pleasant, unpleasant or neutral.
Melcrum Ltd. recently published an article Success from the Inside Out which says just this. “It’s this quality of mindfulness, or ‘executive presence’, that helps people to see their current reality more clearly; to distinguish more objectively what’s going on and to be more mindful of their internal reality – the thoughts, feelings and what’s happening in their minds and bodies – as well as how they’re leading their organizations. Mindfulness enables us to monitor more, so we can manage our internal and external resources more effectively.”
We hope you enjoy this perspective and, as always join the conversation and let us know what you think.
Have a calm and peaceful day. — David
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