Being mindful in our responses ensures integrity in our interactions. Absence of mindfulness will raise the likelihood of emotional reactions.
There is a big difference between responding and reacting, and mindfulness can help us focus more on being more responsive in a thoughtful and centered way. The four steps outlined may help us tackle this in meetings and in life.
Feeling thankful is one key to happiness, so count your blessings for a boost.
"Gratitude needn't be directed at another person to hit its mark. Take just a few minutes each day to jot down things that make you thankful, from the generosity of friends to the food on your table or the right to vote. After a few weeks, people who follow this routine 'feel better about themselves, have more energy and feel more alert,' Emmons says. Feeling thankful even brings physical changes, studies show. List-keepers sleep better, exercise more and gain a general contentment that may counteract stress and contribute to overall health."
The South Africans have a beautiful philosophy called Ubuntu, which translates as "I am what I am because of who we all are." This is a perfect way to think about the way a brain develops, influenced by its surrounding people and experiences.
"Mindful coaches perfect a form of conscious and comfortable simultaneous attention to themselves, their coachee, the relationship between them, and the mental, emotional, and relational dynamics occurring in the moment. There are three aspects of mindfulness that have particular pertinence to leadership coaching:
1) an empty mind
3) permissive attention"
Read the article to gain insights on the three keys to mindful leadership coaching.
"Can you be a success in the world of business and still be mindful? What exactly does it mean to be "mindful" anyway? According to Mirabai Bush, one of the creators of a mindfulness course developed..."
Mindfulness links forgiveness to better healthExaminer.comAlthough practitioners of mindfulness have long seen it as being associated with improved health, particularly mental health, psychologists have only more recen.
"In this world where you might have a job you dislike and fall foul to consumer pressure or capitalist demands, it’s easy to feel stressed. If this is one end of the spectrum, though, then imagine the other. Monks train to be mindful all the time and make it a life pursuit, but you don’t need to be a monk to experience a moment of inner peace. Here are 6 mindfulness exercises you can try to find your inner peace..."
"Something precious is lost when we only focus on the doing and busyness of life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - it’s also the sense of where you are going and why..."
"Mindfulness is simply a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in your life. It will not eliminate life’s pressures, but it can help you respond to them in a calmer manner that benefits your heart, head, and body. It helps us recognize and step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events. It provides us with a scientifically proven approach to cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding..."
Solid points on practicing mindfulness in your workplace... 5 key practices.
"To truly be mindful we must recover that which has been lost in an increasingly fast-paced, frenetic reality. We have become too busy taking care of business to make time for the relationships that ultimately will bring us the success we desire..."
"Sometimes family life can be so busy that it's hard to clearly see what's happening in our children's and spouse's lives, and clearly hear what they are trying to tell us.
With mindfulness we take a moment to slow down and stop what we're doing in order to reconnect with ourselves, with each other and with the world around us. A good place to begin is by choosing a time each day to make mindfulness your family's top priority. Here are just a few of countless opportunities available daily to slow down and experience mindfulness together..."
"Regardless of the daily introspective practice you choose, the pursuit of mindful leadership will help you achieve clarity about what is important to you and a deeper understanding of the world around you. Mindfulness will help you clear away the trivia and needless worries about unimportant things, nurture passion for your work and compassion for others, and develop the ability to empower the people in your organization."
"In my last column, I wrote about how I lead groups of volunteers to work with the Kenyan Children Foundation in Africa, and how we all return home exhausted but with our brains refreshed and renewed...."
10 great tips included in the article. Many can be wrapped in mindful practices.
The Power of Living an Engaged Life By Melanie A. Greenberg, Ph.D....
"Sometimes the most important things in life are simple and this is one of those times. When you have too much to do and fear you will never get where you want to be, try taking some time out to fully experience the present moment!"
"Despite the assertion of traditional American values, Ryan may actually be an important radical, willing to use his influence to trigger a shift in cultural attitudes and practices, leading perhaps to less pursuit and more happiness. Having looked at the science, and experienced the effects of meditation in his own life, he is convinced that mindfulness "will be the next great movement in the United States", and declares that: "I would be derelict in my duty as a congressman if I didn't do my part to make mindfulness accessible to as many people as possible in our nation." As the first mainstream US politician nails his colours to the meditation mast, it'll be interesting to see what happens next, both to Ryan and to American mindfulness."