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More on Mindfulness

by Beth on March 10th, 2010

In my last blog I talked about being more mindful by savoring the present moment and actively listening to others.  Mindfulness is a traditional Buddhist practice in which full attention is paid to the present moment.  The aim is to be completely focused on what you are doing, not thinking about the past or the future or other distractions.  Now if you have a monkey mind like I do that is easier said than done.  But with practice you can do it!

Meditation

Mindfulness can be achieved through meditation.  You can try this by sitting in a quiet place and focusing on your breath.  Notice the sensations in your body as you breathe in and out.  If thoughts come to mind, acknowledge them and then return your attention to your breath.  See how long you can stay in the present.  Your mind will wander!  The key is not to get frustrated when it does.  You can’t stop thinking, but you can return your focus to your breath and begin again.

Present moment awareness

Another way to be mindful is by giving your fullest attention to any activity you engage in.  You can practice present moment awareness while you eat, walk, or drive.  The key is to focus all of your attention on what you are doing.  Why not try eating lunch alone without the TV or a book?  Focus on your food, how it smells, how it tastes, how it looks.  If your mind wanders gently bring it back to your food.

I used to spend my time walking to the gym, showering, and driving to work planning my day or deciding what to blog about or what to make for dinner.  Now I try to use some of that time to practice present moment awareness.  Another great time to do this is when you are waiting for someone or stuck in traffic.  Instead of getting frustrated, take a deep breath and try to appreciate a moment of calm.

Mindfulness increases positivity, creativity, and concentration and reduces stress and anxiety.  We would all be more successful at work if we took time during the day to practice present moment awareness.  Why not try it to see how it makes you feel?  And spread the news!  The more people in your workplace who practice mindfulness, the more organizational positivity there will be.

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