The term ‘Mindfulness’ seems to be popping up everywhere these days, but particularly in discussions on company success, workplace culture and employee wellbeing. This is an area that’s currently buzzing with activity, so if you haven’t yet heard of it, or you’re not sure what it’s about, here’s a very mini introduction (while I become more mindful of my time, and can write something more meaty…)
Our mind is our most valuable resource. We depend on it to be able to think, focus, understand, and be creative. We also need it to be happy, to maintain positive relationships, and to be emotionally stable. In short, our mind is key to performing at our best in everything we do. But many of us don’t take any time out to look after it.
Which is where mindfulness comes in. Mindfulness is about being more aware and engaged in the present moment. It involves being able to observe our own thoughts, feelings and physical sensations without getting caught up in them, or judging them in any way. Mindfulness can be practised in any moment, and many find mindfulness meditation a good place to start.
What’s something that sounds so hippy-ish doing in the workplace? Mindfulness is proven to improve concentration, memory, creativity and emotional intelligence. Not to mention reducing stress, anxiety, and chronic pain. These are just a few reasons why mindfulness is working its way through many businesses. It’s popping up in the Economist, in the Harvard Business Review, and across Silicon Valley. Amongst people like the CTO of Cisco, the Chairman of Ford, a former Director of Google, and the President of Huffington Post. Oh and, er, 50 cent.
Worth finding out more? We thought so. Check out the links below for more info.
- Click here to find out more about what mindfulness is, and isn’t.
- Or here, to find out why so many CEOs are taking up meditation.
- For a quick and simple way to start meditating, check out headspace from Andy Puddicome (or watch his 9min TED talk)
- And if you love what you see, why not try this free online course on developing mindfulness for your wellbeing and performance? All done at your own pace.