You don't have to get into lotus pose under your desk to be mindful at work.
Diane Therrien's insight:
You will give 40% to 70% of your life for a salary. You might love your work or not, but you still need to do it, and being creative in a working environment is not always possible. Find a few free moments to express yourself, to create. Instead of being stuck in a frustrating rut, thinking about problems at work, turn around and do something you like whenever you have time. With a paint brush, a pencil, a musical instrument, or a gardening hoe, do it for you, for your children, for your students or for the world. The act of creation is a positive step on the path of happiness; give yourself a chance, you deserve it!
“Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.” — Anonymous
“We do this when we listen,” she said. “ It’s also incredibly important that we listen to ourselves so we can understand and meet our own needs for self-care. That way we are better able to care for others. These acts of listening and caring for ourselves first is the realm of self-compassion.”
Worth the read...does explain why you change through mindfulness and why although many good souls are developing an awareness, the world does not change, your working place does not change and neither does your country. Thank you to the author Christophertitmuss. He wrote clearly what is still a blurr for many of us and thank you to Joan Halifax for sharing it. Diane (Kamon)
The topic of mindfulness seems to pop up with more and more of our clients. True, there is the buzzword effect, but I believe that on some level there's a growing sense of how scattered and overwhelmed people feel.
Humour is good for the soul. Often times we take life far to seriously. In this short video Osho tells a story of how After Friedrich Nietzsche declared that God is Dead - the word F*CK has become the most important word in the English language.
“The teen brain is still undergoing a period of active construction,” explains Dr. Jean Clinton, an associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience at McMaster University, division of Child Psychiatry. “And, during this time, teenagers are more reactive. Mindfulness allows them to pay attention to their feelings rather than being their feelings.”
Mindfulness also involves accepting what you are feeling and understanding that an emotion is just an emotion: it doesn’t control you, explains Shelley Hermer, a social worker based in Peterborough, Ontario. “Feelings come and feelings go. And there’s no such thing as a bad feeling. Being angry is just as valid as being excited.”
So how can you apply this new research about mindfulness to your life as a parent the next time your teenager storms through the front door, livid about something that happened at school?
General Mills, the company behind Cheerios cereal and Häagen-Dazs ice cream, is headquartered on a leafy expanse outside Minneapolis, Minnesota.
August 24, 2012 - Financial Times - Bringing Mysticism to Capitalism
The General Mills initiative is at the vanguard of a movement that is quietly reshaping certain corners of the corporate world. With meditation, yoga and “mindfulness”, the foundational tenets of Buddhism, Hinduism and other pan-Asian philosophies have infiltrated the upper echelons of some of the biggest companies on earth.... http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/d9cb7940-ebea-11e1-985a-00144feab49a.html#axzz24f23XPsg
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