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No, mindfulness is not a fad – LA Times

No, mindfulness is not a fad – LA Times | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
You can't open a magazine these days without seeing something about "mindfulness." The concept has become so ubiquitous, a friend asked me the other day if its popularity was just a fad.
As a social psychologist who has studied mindfulness for nearly four decades, I am certain that it is not. Unlike, say, the hula hoop, mindfulness actually is enlivening, and it can improve our lives greatly in measurable ways.
But I do see a risk in its newfound currency: The idea of mindfulness could become so watered down or misrepresented that we fail to fully appreciate its ability to better our lives — that we become mindless about mindfulness.
Mindfulness is often described as the ability to be in the moment, to be in the present, to be aware. The problem with this is that everyone thinks they are already aware. Some people meditate to become more mindful. Meditation is really just a tool that leads to post-meditative mindfulness. Although it's a good tool, it's a tool nonetheless, not the end.
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Be more mindful for a better workplace

Be more mindful for a better workplace | Organisation Development | Scoop.it

"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 for Google employees called "Search Inside Yourself," you will be more productive and motivated if you use respect, compassion and generosity in the workplace.

 

"Mindfulness has to do with paying attention to what's happening in the moment without judgment," said Bush. "Sometimes people think being mindful means being slow — it's not about being slow, it's about being slow enough that you can pay attention to things. It requires a certain intelligence to be able to focus on many things at the same time."

 

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Taking a Mindful Approach to Technology

Taking a Mindful Approach to Technology | Organisation Development | Scoop.it
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.

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6 Steps To A More Mindful Company Culture

6 Steps To A More Mindful Company Culture | Organisation Development | Scoop.it

"'Mindful' is not a word typically associated with business--but it should be. A mindful corporate culture will value substance over style, and stress single-minded focus over multi-tasking."

 

6 steps:

    Avoid blinders.

    Focus on now.

    Be accurate.

    Be tolerant.

    Minimize suffering.

    Communicate openly and truthfully.

 

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