What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by paying attention to the present moment with acceptance and compassion. To achieve this state we give all our attention to the information we are receiving from our senses. Training the mind to pay attention to our senses increases our awareness and helps us to be more mindful, more often.
Mindfulness has been scientifically proven to reduce people’s stress levels and is used by many mental health practitioners to help generate well-being. Most professional athletes (including the All Blacks) use mindfulness techniques to help them improve their performance on the field. It’s also a great tool for increasing our ability to bounce back from adversity.
In short, Mindfulness techniques can be used by anyone, anywhere, at anytime to reduce their stress and improve their performance.
Is Mindfulness useful in business?
People trained in mindfulness suffer less from anxiety, are more stable emotionally and show higher levels of resilience. Scientific studies have shown that mindful people are able to concentrate for longer, show more creativity and display greater loyalty towards their employers.
Mindful leaders develop excellent rapport with their staff, they listen well, they show greater compassion and, as a result, produce stronger and more enduring relationships. They have been shown to make better decisions more easily and are more able to keep their cool in challenging situations.
Would you like your people to improve in any of these areas? If so then mindfulness is the answer.
Myths and Misconceptions
Mindfulness has become a buzz word in recent years and many people don’t fully understand the power behind the use of its simple but life changing techniques. To put the record straight, mindfulness:
* Isn’t about religion or spirituality
* Isn’t a fad or a cult and it doesn’t require us to be part of any association or group
* Doesn’t require us to become lazy, idle or adopt any particular view on life
* Isn’t suited to any specific gender, age group, living style or personality type
* Doesn’t require people to adopt any beliefs or doctrines
* Can be practiced anywhere, at anytime, by anyone for any reason or purpose.
How can mindfulness help?
Thousands of scientific studies have shown that people who practice the techniques and develop their mindfulness capabilities will:
* Reduce their stress levels
* Decrease any anxiety and depression
* Raise their energy levels
* Improve their ability to listen and create rapport
* Increase their creativity, concentration and memory
* Enhance their immune system
* Improve relaxation and sleep
* Experience greater levels of happiness and satisfaction.
How does mindfulness improve sleep?