We would make better decisions, communicate more effectively, be more efficient, and perhaps even leave work happier at the end of the day. Jon Kabat-Zinn
This is exactly what every employer and employee desires to be. The difference between successful organisations and the rest is not confined to the ability to face adversities but also advancing the vision of the organisation through the achievement of its goals. This can be achieved by investing in the inner resources of employees. Mindfulness practices are geared towards developing these inner resources. In fact, successful and innovative organisations such as Google and Apple have been running programmes to sustain a mindful corporate culture in the recent years.
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Our daily transactions at work are most often than not driven by our habitual tendencies like an autopilot. These habitual tendencies could sometimes be detrimental to the objectives and goals of the organisation, department or even personal commitments. The ability to step away from our habitual inclinations and focus on the goals objectively would require a mind that is naturally responsive and not one that is reactive. This can be achieved through Mindfulness Practices that are based on clear intention and purposeful attention. It all starts from within.
Mindfulness is indeed the art of paying attention in the present moment. You can pay attention to almost anything in your life. All you need is an intentional mind wanting to pay attention to any experience or activity. What do you pay attention to at work? When it comes to your teams, do you pay attention to their strengths or their weaknesses? Do you focus on the experience of the conversation or what to say next? By paying attention to our activities, our life opens up to our minds in ways we have never seen before. We often neglect the present moment as we are very obsessed with the future and the past.
Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present. Bil Keane
Most often we fail to realise that the present moment is what that creates the past in the form of experiences and memories. The same present moment forms the reference plane for our minds to think about the future. All our regrets and sorrows are centred on the past while our anxieties and worries are centred on the future. The present moment offers you a gift where it is free from the both anxiety and regrets. The present moment is without time because you cannot measure it. Try picking up a stopwatch and measuring how long does it take to be ‘present’. The moment the clock starts ticking it has become the past. You cannot hold on to the present moment either. All that we can do is just ‘be’ in the present moment.