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I believe disconnecting is even more essential in today ultra-connected world, and disconnection will become the next new, new thing to do in the years ahead. Mindfulness will be one of the key practices to really boom in this effort.
Lynda Klau, Ph.D. 0Undeniably, sooner or later, we all have to deal with life’s realities—those hard surprises and “unknowns” that can liter...
Finding our reflective center aids our resilience and mindfulness facilitates this process. "There are many ways to incorporate mindfulness into our daily lives. As we become increasingly mindful, we can begin to respond from a place of freedom and choice. In other words, we can act with resilience."
Talent Management: It's all in Your Mind Forbes It's not every day that spirituality and science come together in unison to endorse an approach or concept. Not to mention adding a business overlay to the mix.
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.
Mindfulness training is about your life. It isn't about the time you meditate on a cushion or chair. It is about learning to be awake for each moment of your life. So bringing your training into the moments in the day is a necessary requirement.
At times, mindfulness sounds like something for "new age" organizations, yet read this:
"Many companies such as Raytheon, Proctor and Gamble, Google, eBay, Apple, General Mills, the U.S. Military and scores of others have implemented mindfulness meditation programs for employees and the participants have reported a positive change in work capacity, stress management, relationships, reduced absenteeism and reduced health costs."
Many organizations mentioned here are ones to be considered necessarily new age. Mindfulness creates better leaders and organizations.
Meditation will change your life -- drastically, and there's a very good chance it is the answer you are looking for. In the short term, it provides more focused attention, ability to deal with emotions, and fulfilling relationships.
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.
Doing nothing for 20 minutes a day actually increases your productivity.
Simply staged: "Meditating daily will strengthen your willpower muscle. Your urges won't disappear, but you will be better equipped to manage them. And you will have experience that proves to you that the urge is only a suggestion. You are in control."
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.
Rock solid advice on how to manage your social networking in a mindful way. For example, do an "internet cleanse" once a month; do all your social networking at your desk (in other words, don't carry it around with you); and limit your time each day.
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.
In the moment of the ringing sound or downtime, we need to unplug and breath in.... re-setting ourselves and releasing the pressures that have built up. Social media, email, and voicemail can wait for a moment....
"This gesture of "letting go" of our internal gossip, while simple, is also a highly concentrated gesture of leadership agility. Like ballet dancers rehearsing a demi-plié or an acrobat practicing a handstand pirouette over and over again, here in mindfulness awareness meditation we, too, are exercising core muscles of basic human wisdom and agility."