Greenberg provides basic concepts of mindfulness. A mindfulness practice fosters a deeper connection to self and grounds your very being in the present moment. In the Christian tradition centering prayer opens oneself to the presence of God within and deeply into the experience of the sacrament of the present moment. Learning to say 'Yes!' is an invitation to living beyond words, emotions, and thoughts and leading from within.
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Your specialness is in being absolutely ordinary. We don't always see that our strong opinions, needs, preferences and demands lead us to self-indulgence. Mindfulness enables us to live in the present moment and to discover our nature to be compassionate.
The Drucker School of Management and Wharton Business School both offer courses in mindfulness meditation. Virginia Tech is sponsoring "contemplative practices for a technological society," a conference for engineers who integrate contemplative disciplines into their work. Google offers courses in meditation and yoga
Aetna, Merck, General Mills--the list goes on--all are exploring how meditation can help their leaders and employees agilely thrive in today's fast-paced business environment. And the benefits are widely publicized: sustained attention span, improved multi-tasking abilities, strengthened immune system, increased emotional intelligence, improved listening skills...And there is science behind such claims.
Happiness Trap! The practice of meditation in the business world is increasingly moving from the fringe to the mainstream.
"Neuroscientists have confirmed much of what we were experiencing: that meditation improves attention, reduces stress hormones, increases appreciation and compassion for others and helps us recover faster from negative information."
As business classes get underway at the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, MBA students open their laptops and professors fire up PowerPoint presentations in many classrooms.
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Integrating the mindfulness/introspective/contemplative practices and perspectives in classroom and work settings does enhance active learning and creativity. Ultimately, this community of scholars has the potential to
look deeply into experience and meaning for all in service of a more just and compassionate society.
"We shall not cease from exploration, and at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." (T.S. Eliot) - The mindfulness movement does feel like we are circling back to an ancient practice.
Initiatives to introduce mindfulness into the workplace, hold great promise.
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There is growing evidence that mindfulness, which is typically associated with religion, mysticism and the contemplative traditions, has specific benefits for corporate and individual leadership. The capacity to quiet the mind, awareness of the present moment and full presence (mind, emotions, spirit & physical) will help people move along the personal/professional developmental ladder.
In today’s fast-paced world, we hardly have a spare minute to do the things for ourselves that help us stay energized and focused. By focusing for a few minutes a couple of times a day to intentionally breathe can completely change our disposition. A study out of the University of Pennsylvania shows that carving out a mere 12 minutes a day to do just that—intentionally breathe—can go a long way toward improving your mood. In addition, meditating can help you get better quality sleep, show more kindness towards others, and reduce inflammation.
Here are a series of mini-meditations you can call on throughout your day when you’re feeling like you are coming apart at the seams and need to find your center.
Technology is here to stay. Why not embrace it and use it to raise our levels of presence? We can do this by tuning into our breath, our feelings and bodily sensations. This lets us know how we are relating to technology in the moment.
Technology can be an anxiety-producing energy depending on our approach. How we discipline ourselves and think about the daily onslaught of e-mail, voicemail, and text messages impacts how much we are truly connected or disconnected in our life. Mindfulness practices recommended in this article are very practical and impacts the quality of connections between people and their capacity to feel seen, heard and valued.
"Think a bit outside of the box and consider the type of corporate culture that can consistently create and support world-class customer experiences. Try to imagine a mindful approach to customer experience. We're serious."Mindful" is not a word..."
1) Avoid blinders
2) Focus on now
3) Be accurate
4) Be tolerant
5) Minimize suffering
6) Communicate openly and truthfully
Read the article in Fast Company for more details on the 6 steps.
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