Mindfulness training is helping business leaders rethink the way they make big decisions, stay sane and get ahead at work, says neurologist Dr Tamara Russell. (Can you really retrain your brain?
Great insights about the benefits of mindfulness in today's turbo-charged business environment. The article also touches upon the importance of being present with those who really matter to us.
To be mindful is to be alert and aware to what is unfolding in any given moment. This includes being engaged with how your mind and body reacts to certain situations. Enlightened leaders are learning that mindfulness -- training the mind to pay attention -- takes both discipline and practice.
"By repeatedly training the mind to pay attention to the sensations of the body as they enter the brain, mindfulness training uses this information to build up an exquisitely sensitive understanding of our reactions and responses in the world -- both at work and elsewhere in our lives."
Benefits of training include:
- The ability to be present with others
- Improvements in attention
- Enhanced memory and recall
- Advanced problem-solving
- Increased creativity
For best results, the author suggests you train in a quiet dedicated environment where you will not be interrupted. Just 20 minutes of mindfulness training in the morning, for example, will "radically change how you experience your work day and relate to others."